in Bronxville, New York, has announced a gift of $15 million from alumna and broadcast journalist Barbara Walters and her to establish a new multi-use center on campus.
Designed to serve as a hub of student life and campus community, the Barbara Walters Campus Center will feature configurable social and academic spaces, a venue for large public and campus events, lounges, dining facilities, a studio for the college radio station, a media innovation lab, and areas for career services, student clubs, activities, and collaborative work. It also will house the Barbara Walters Archives — edited video interviews, transcripts, and personal letters from many of the notable subjects of her interviews — as well as the , which currently is housed in the college's .
"When I donated my archives to Sarah Lawrence last year, I told the graduating class at commencement that at Sarah Lawrence I learned to ask questions," said Walters, who joined ABC News in 1976 as the first woman to co-host a network news broadcast and, after twenty-five years as co-host and chief correspondent of "20/20" and the "Barbara Walters Specials," serves as creator and co-executive producer of "The View." "I attribute my success, in many ways, to the curiosity and confidence I came away with from this remarkable college."
"One of the hallmarks of the Sarah Lawrence campus is the convergence of living and learning," said the college's dean, Jerrilynn D. Dodds. "This is a college where students and their teachers extend their intellectual discourse beyond the classroom, hampered only by the limited number of common spaces. The new campus center will provide a venue for an even greater degree of this expression of the college’s unique approach to learning."