Our vision is that all people live more sustainable lives as we confront together the environmental challenges of this century.
To achieve our vision, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice supports innovative collaborations and scholarship that improves people's quality of life and their capacity to live sustainably in our changing environment.
Forging partnerships between the University of Arizona (UA) and community organizations is a key part of our mission and, we believe, vital to developing socially just solutions to environmental problems.
The Haury Program is guided by the values that defined the life and philanthropy of Agnese Nelms Haury, known for her appreciation of indigenous and world cultures, her love of art and science, her personal humility and her boundless generosity.
We believe that people who live and work in communities every day best understand what those communities need.
We know that diverse voices combine for the strongest ideas and strategies in higher education and social progress.
21st century solutions require collaborations that overcome and eliminate boundaries to sustainable solutions.
We fund promising community organizations, researchers and students working in authentic partnerships.
By collaborating with community groups from a place of mutual respect, we expand on the land-grant college mission of the University of Arizona and amplify its scholarship and research.
We empower people to create transformational change through directed commitments of money, time and trust.
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Investing in Our Mission
We began our investments in scholarship and research at the University of Arizona in 2014 and quickly extended them to regional communities through such partnerships.
Today, we support an array of programming, research and learning through a variety of grantmaking and fellowship funding with a consistent focus on three areas of funding:
- Education and scholarship opportunities, ranging from helping undergraduate programs to sending graduate students to Oxford, supporting UA teaching and research and bringing visiting scholars and working professionals to our campus and community;
- University-community partnerships that combine academic and professional expertise, finding solutions by fusing the expertise and experience of community nonprofits with the UA’s scholarship, resources and connections;
- Finally, we invest in Next Generation Communication programs and initiatives for nonprofits and UA researchers, faculty, staff and students who care about the environment and social justice and make them even more effective in their work. Our focus is on improved communication to achieve social justice and environmental goals through capacity-building, dialogue and advocacy.