Keeping the focus on what matters
The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences are efficient operations, making good use of every inch of classroom and lab space available to us. We need your support to keep improving our infrastructure so that our scholars only need to worry about string theory and Renaissance art—not tools, space, or technology.
Creating spaces that inspire
Facilities are where our work happens. Most often, they are taken for granted by the outside world and even by those who use them—and yet, they are critically important.
One example of how facilities can transform the work we do is our inspiring new Center for Student Services, just off Kenmore Square and recently opened. It houses expanded CAS student academic and career advising, writing assistance, and a host of other services for students.
More humble spaces can also transform the way we view the world. CAS is full of spaces that help great ideas come to fruition, like the Rooftop Lab, run by environmentalist Nathan Phillips at the very top of the CAS building. There, Phillips and his students assess Boston’s carbon footprint, measuring greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks and from fuels burned to power factories, utilities, homes, and offices.
We make the best use of our space, but our longstanding space crunch persists, and we continue to work with University planners to address that challenge. With your help, we will create and equip additional classrooms, labs, and offices. We will renovate aging facilities, many of them originally built to accommodate commuting students, and now in need of major upgrades.
Build something that will endure
Your investment in the CAS physical plant—whether through an unrestricted gift to our Annual Fund or a major capital investment such as the funding of a new astronomy lab—supports our core mission in important ways. For example: we need to add professors to meet ever-increasing student demand; this in turn means that in some disciplines we’ll need to build new lab space.
The CAS campaign is donor-driven. In other words, your support for our physical infrastructure will reflect your personal priorities. Are you a committed environmentalist? You can improve our environmental research and teaching spaces. Are your interests in the traditional sciences? Consider supporting a new lab in any of several different CAS departments.Make Your Impact