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A $1.1 million gift from the Edward and Wilhelmina Ackerman Foundation continues the family’s multigenerational support for the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.
The gift will enhance the center’s internationally recognized scholarship while expanding its outreach mission through online learning.
“Today, the lessons of the Holocaust are more important than ever, which means the mission of the Ackerman Center is vital to continuing this engagement with the past, a mission that means so much to my family,” said David B Ackerman, President of the Ackerman Foundation and Chairman of the Ackerman Center Advisory Board. “I am delighted that the Edward and Wilhelmina Ackerman Foundation is once again contributing to the continuing and timeless mission of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies.”
Edward Ackerman was a prominent Dallas investment advisor, philanthropist and community leader who died in 2016. He made his first donation to the Holocaust Studies program in 1993. The generous support of Edward and Wilhelmina Ackerman led to the establishment of the center in 2006.
The family foundation has invested in graduate scholarships in Holocaust studies, developing undergraduate programs, and growing educational awareness.
“The foundation’s way of giving not only supports the work of the center, but has also transformed the center each time they have made a significant donation,” said Dr. Nils Roemer, director of the center and first dean of the future. School of Arts, Humanities and Technology.
“Today, the lessons of the Holocaust are more important than ever, which means the mission of the Ackerman Center is vital to continuing this engagement with the past, a mission that means so much to my family.”
David B. Ackerman, President of the Ackerman Foundation
The foundation’s most recent contribution will increase the center’s endowment, support the growth of online educational programming and fund a new biennial awards gala. According to Roemer, funding for online and digital learning is particularly important because it will create new avenues for programs beyond the UT Dallas campus to fulfill the center’s outreach mission.
“Over the past two and a half years, we have become early adopters of e-learning technologies, and this major new giveaway forces us to create what we call ‘Ackerman Center 2.0’ – in other words, a digital or online version of ourselves,” said Roemer, Stan and Barbara Rabin Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies. “The support of the Ackerman family has been one of the driving forces behind this steady growth of the Ackerman Center .”