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We are pleased to announce that, beginning in Fall 2020:
- the School of Architecture and the School of Public Administration will join the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters;
- the School of Urban and Regional Planning will join the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science;
- and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice & the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work will partner to become the new College of Social Work and Criminal Justice (new website coming soon!).
Check out our comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions for helpful answers related to the transition.
The Sandler School of Social Work and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice naturally pair well together because of their shared vision for effecting social change, driven by their considerable overlap in curriculum and research areas, as well as their impact objectives.
In much the same ways, the Schools of Architecture and Public Administration will find more symmetry with their colleagues in Graphic Design and Political Science within the Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. The same is true for the School of Urban and Regional Planning, which complements the Geoscience and Environmental Sciences departments within the Schmidt College of Science.
Remember that for now, it’s business as usual, with an added splash of excitement as we all look forward to this fresh, new chapter!
On Sunday, February 9, 2020, more than 700 people attended one of two performances of “Only One”, the play on human sex trafficking written by senior Criminal Justice student Abigail Howard. The riveting 45-minute play tells the story of three teens who become victims of sex trafficking and share how they got there – one lured by a false opportunity to become an actor; one who was meeting his online boyfriend for the first time in person; and one who had been groomed to believe she was in a meaningful relationship. The name of the play comes from the sobering statistic that only one percent of trafficking victims are rescued.
Following both performances, expert panelists shared invaluable safety tips with parents and youth in the audience.
- Dr. Calli Cain, producer, panel moderator, and Assistant Professor in the FAU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Pastor Alfredo Castro, Ministry Relations Director of Glory House of Miami
- Special Agent Katina Hernandez, Homeland Security Investigations and South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force
- Sgt. Carlos Lisboa, Coordinator of the Palm Beach County Human Trafficking Task Force
- Alex Ortiz, Director of Business Development for the Child Rescue Coalition
- Dr. Heidi Schaeffer, President of the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches
- Alma Tucker, International Network of Hearts
Attendees learned that victims and traffickers represent all genders, ages, races, income levels and sexual orientations, and that Florida ranks third in the nation for reported cases of trafficking. The panelists also shared safety tips – such as the importance of keeping gaming and smartphone devices in a common area of the home, to have open dialogue with kids of all ages on how to establish safe physical and information boundaries; and where to go for more information:
Panelists also encouraged all attendees to add the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 to their phone contacts and report any suspicious behavior. As Special Agent Hernandez said, “If it turns out to be a false alarm, great. But if it turns out to be trafficking, you’ve saved a life.”
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From WPTV-News Channel 5:
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Florida Atlantic University wants to make it easier for students to get to and from campus. FAU was awarded a $375,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to collaborate with Broward College, Palm Beach State College, and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. Dr. Louis Merlin said FAU will start a two-year study this summer with 6,000 students working with a new app, which hasn’t been created yet. The app will show students transportation options like bus routes, Uber rides, and potentially new ideas like bike sharing.
“A single app that provides the full range of transpiration services including the booking and payment,” said Dr. Merlin.
Students will provide feedback to help with new ideas or changes to existing services.
With heavy hearts, we would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Sandler family for the untimely passing of Harvey Sandler, a pillar of our Palm Beach County community and specifically our School. In 2017, Harvey Sandler, along with his wife, Phyllis, generously donated $7 million to the School of Social Work, thus naming and endowing The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University.
Words cannot describe the loss we are feeling within our School and College at this time. Harvey Sandler and the entire Sandler family have continually supported the School with their transformative gift, compassion, kindness and generosity. Carrying Harvey’s vision, their generous gift has allowed for the renovation and expansion of our facilities that include a state-of-the-art auditorium, a student study lounge, additional classrooms to accommodate the growth of our academic programs, and a future center for Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Research. In addition to the naming and endowing of our School, the Sandler family has been integral to the funding of students’ scholarships through the annual Phyllis Sandler Heart of Social Work event, which is the School’s largest fundraiser. Additionally, students who are actively involved in community service efforts receive direct support from the Sandler Family Scholarship. Furthermore, Harvey and Phyllis’s daughter, Robin Rubin, has recently established the Robin Rubin Center for Happiness and Life Enhancement within the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work. This center aims to offer programming for students, faculty, staff and community members to enrich, nurture, and improve their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Harvey and Phyllis’s legacy thrives throughout the Boca Raton and surrounding community. Their legacy includes naming the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Levis JCC, the Harvey & Phyllis Sandler Pavilion and the Sandler Medical Plaza at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, and so much more. Harvey and Phyllis were members of the Federation’s Ketubah Society, and The Federation’s Sandler Family Major Gifts Event was named in their honor.
We could not be more honored that Harvey and Phyllis Sandler chose to support our School because they saw the difference it makes in the community and the world. Each and every one of our faculty, students, alumni and community partners helps to carry on their legacy of giving to and transforming our community. We are eternally grateful for Harvey’s and his family’s legacy and their belief that the world can be a better place by educating and training social workers devoted and committed to the service of those who are most vulnerable in our society. We cannot fully express our admiration for their continued service and support to our School and the surrounding community.
Our hearts and prayers are with Harvey’s beloved family, who were the center of his life, including his wife, Phyllis Sandler, his children, Robin Rubin (husband, Gary), Amy Ross (husband, David) and Larry Schumacher (wife, Andrea), in our community, and Ricky Sandler, and Andrew Sandler (wife, Aurily) of New York, all who continue Harvey’s passion for philanthropy and community building. Harvey also had 17 grandchildren who share his commitment to helping others, and three great-grandchildren.
As a way to continue Harvey’s legacy, the Sandler family has encouraged donations be made in memoriam for Harvey Sandler to the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler School of Social Work.
To make a donation via check, please make payable to FAU Foundation, Inc. and write your desired fund designation on the memo line (“Social Work General Fund” or “Heart of Social Work”). Then please mail your check to:
FAU Foundation, Inc.
777 Glades Road, ADM 295
Boca Raton, FL 33431
On Friday, December 13, 2019 we watched as 227 bachelor’s graduates, 19 master’s graduates and 2 doctoral candidates walked across the commencement stage to receive their diploma from the College for Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University.
To all of our graduates, it has been our pleasure to have you in our classrooms and to watch you grow and learn in your programs. Whether you are continuing your education or ready to apply your knowledge in the world, we look forward to watching your next chapter unfold. Remember that we are here for you and rooting for your success each step along the way.
Be well and best wishes!
- 6 Bachelor of Architecture
- 105 Bachelor of Arts
- 13 Bachelor of General Studies
- 15 Bachelor of Public Management
- 17 Bachelor of Public Safety Administration
- 59 Bachelor of Social Work
- 8 Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
- 4 Bachelor of Urban Design
- 7 Master of Public Administration
- 9 Master of Science
- 3 Master of Urban and Regional Planning
- 2 Doctor of Philosophy
Want to explore the degree programs in the College for Design and Social Inquiry at FAU? Call our Academic Advising Team today: (561) 297-2316
Fall 2019 Commencement Gallery
The Lower-Division Architecture students have new design studio space just north of Henderson High School in the historic T-6 buildings that were former Army barracks during World War II. On Thursday, December 5 the School of Architecture hosted an opening reception to officially dedicate the new space. As you can see from the incredible amount of work produced throughout this past semester, the students have settled in and are right at home.
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The Robin Rubin Center for Happiness & Life Enhancement is now officially open! The Center hosts free, guided meditations every Monday and Tuesday from noon to 12:45 for students, faculty and staff. In addition, the special events calendar for the Center is growing by leaps and bounds!
On November 21st, the Center hosted the founders of Womaze, a free app centered around self-empowerment for women. The event was held in the Sandler School of Social Work auditorium with a packed house of FAU faculty and staff members, as well as many members from the community. The audience engaged with the presenters in a meaningful conversation about how to thrive through the holiday season using self-care techniques.
The Robin Rubin Center for Happiness & Life Enhancement is on a mission “to provide programming for students, faculty, staff and community members to enrich, nurture, and improve their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.” And it is well on its way!
Stay tuned for the new Center’s website coming in early 2020 and please be on the lookout for communications about future events coming soon.
“Investing In Yourself in 2020”
Thursday, January 16 | 12-1 PM | SO-112
Donna Drucker, LCSW will guide us through mind, body, spirit and relationship balance and help us build a customized action plan for the new year.
FAU Bachelor of Social Work student Leona Robinson is the first person in her family to attend a 4-year university. On First-Generation Celebration Day, Leona shared her story and how she’s supporting other first-generation students.
The College was pleased to host a luncheon reception on October 28 to honor and celebrate our 34 Soar-in-4 Scholars! The FAU Soar-in-4 program is designed to help keep students on track to graduate in four years or less and to maximize their academic experience.
Speakers included Geoffrey Johnson, Director of Academic Planning; Fabio Rojas, CDSI Soar-in-4 Coordinator; Dr. Jesse Saginor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Student Services; and Dr. Naelys Luna, Interim Dean. Our scholars in attendance each shared their stories and career goals, while also enjoying the opportunity to connect with their peers. Congratulations to all of our Soar-in-4 Scholars!
Natalia Vallejos Munoz
Dr. Sameer Hinduja was asked by the State of Pennsylvania to share his research on empathy, resilience, and school climate with Senators, Representatives, and other dignitaries in the State Capitol Rotunda in late October. In doing so, he encouraged policymakers to embrace asset-building and strength-based approaches.