On Friday, March 27, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) will dually celebrate the grand opening of the newly named Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work and the Ninth Annual Phyllis Sandler Heart of Social Work event, during which select students, alumni and agency partners will be honored for their service contributions to the school, university and the community.
Through the Sandlers’ $7 million gift in 2017, FAU transformed the Sandler School of Social Work into a modern, comprehensive, technology-focused learning center with additional classrooms, a study lounge and computer workspace. The new Robin Rubin Center for Happiness & Life Enhancement offers interactive and supportive programming – including meditation, yoga and guest lectures on a wide range of wellness topics – all geared to enrich, promote and nurture holistic well-being of FAU students, faculty, staff and members of the community.
“The newly renovated space has created a culture of inclusion and cohesiveness for our students, faculty, alumni and clinicians throughout the community,” said Heather Thompson, Ph.D., LCSW, interim director of the Sandler School of Social Work. “There’s a renewed sense of pride, and many are impressed when they see it for the first time.”
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