Nancy Shuman knows that children with few resources in life are likely to fall behind their more advantaged counterparts both educationally and socioeconomically. With that in mind, Shuman CCAS’68 made a $250,000 gift to establish the Nancy Seagrave Shuman Endowment for Childhood Studies.
“The well-being of children is deeply important to me,” she says. “I hope that my gift provides increased momentum for the Department of Childhood Studies and related programs at Rutgers University–Camden to help make a difference in the lives of children in the Camden community, the greater Delaware Valley region, and beyond.”
Shuman’s gift will support Rutgers–Camden’s renowned Department of Childhood Studies, which prepares students for careers in education, social services, and public policy. Scholars in the department have received universal acclaim for their work, which has led to a greatly deepened understanding of children. The department launched the nation’s first doctoral program in childhood studies in 2007. Shuman had already made generous gifts to the Camden College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Childhood Studies. This time, she says, “I want to help kids get on the right path and have the opportunity to do things they might not otherwise be able to do.”