Through Special Initiatives, the United Board identifies and supports compelling programs that are consistent with our mission yet lie outside our main program areas. Our goals are to respond proactively to the needs of lesser-resourced countries and regions; address the concerns of historically underserved or underrepresented groups; and preserve flexibility so that we can quickly respond to new opportunities.

Through Special Initiatives, the United Board has introduced educators in Myanmar to new approaches to teaching and learning, including service-learning. It has supported faculty development workshops in Sri Lanka and is exploring how a network of community colleges in that country might help rebuild a society damaged by civil war.

We also are exploring a number of new initiatives to coincide with our Centennial observance. Please continue to check our website for updates on these initiatives.

Special Initiatives also include designated and endowed grants. Please contact Ms. Trudy Loo, Director of Development ( for information on how your support for the United Board, through a designated or endowed grant, can benefit an institution in our network or a United Board program.

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