Mission Statement

Initiated by a generous lead gift of $5 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the UCLA Division of Humanities has embarked on an exciting objective to establish the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture. This initiative involves raising a further $3 million, a goal that will allow UCLA to fully support a leading intellectual and cultural center on the west coast. Located at one of the most prestigious public universities in the United States, the Center will have a tremendous impact on a generation of students that is characterized by its global interests.

In addition to its teaching and research mission, the Center is envisioned as a vibrant cultural hub for the sizable Los Angeles Greek community, which has been formed by generations of families and new immigrants. The Center will engage with organizations, churches and academic institutions throughout Southern California to present community programs and generate interest in Greece’s historical and ongoing contributions to modern culture.