UCLA will create a new center to support the study of Hellenic culture and engage the Greek community in Los Angeles.
The UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, which the university announced the establishment of earlier this month, is funded by a $5 million grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, a philanthropic organization. The grant is part of the $4.2 billion UCLA Centennial Campaign.
The center will promote multidisciplinary approaches to the study and research of Greek culture and history and serve as cultural center for Greek-Americans in the greater Los Angeles area.
The center will raise an additional $3 million before officially launching, according to a university press release.It plans to raise the additional funds by partnering with nonprofit organizations and foundations and looking to Greek-Americans for fundraising.
Funds will go toward supporting academic and cultural activities, visiting faculty and students, and modern Greek language and literature classes.
The center will officially launch within two years and it has already begun planning activities for this year. For example, the center is supporting various conferences and is hosting a New Years celebration on campus.