Investing in Our Future

Letter from the Interim Dean

A student’s time in college offers tremendous opportunities for self-discovery and academic achievement. For many students, college creates a bridge from their youth into adulthood and careers.  This further underscores why ongoing guidance and support during their time at FAU is integral to their long-term success and fulfillment.

Your gift to the CDSI General Fund provides much-needed support that directly benefits the students of the College for Design and Social Inquiry through:

Comprehensive Advisory Services

  • Academic Advising Team – Each student receives wrap around advising services comprised of a team of advisors who specialize by major and shepherd each student throughout their academic journey.
  • Career Services Adviser – Each student can take advantage of being
    matched with promising internship and employment opportunities, receive assistance with resumé optimization, and conduct mock interviews to boost their preparedness and confidence in landing the job they want.

General Operating Expenses
Having a healthy operating budget enables us to enrich the student experience in the classroom and beyond; make sure we attract and retain top faculty and staff who join our team; and help keep the college running smoothly.

Our unique constellation of academic programs – Architecture, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Social Work, and Urban & Regional Planning – address many urgent needs facing our communities, including adapting for rising sea levels, building vibrant communities, training ethical government leaders, strengthening relationships between law enforcement and residents, combatting the growing opioid and human trafficking crises, supporting the growing societal needs of mental health issues, and improving services and support for at-risk youth.

Your gift to the CDSI General Fund provides necessary financial support that helps us fulfill our college’s most critical needs. That way, our faculty can focus on conducting groundbreaking research into pressing community challenges and training today’s students to become the critical thinkers and professional leaders of tomorrow.

Every gift makes a difference and is completely tax deductible. All gifts can be made by cash, check, credit card or payroll deduction. For any questions regarding your gift, or if you are interested in making a pledge, planned gift or provisions in your will to include the College for Design and Social Inquiry at FAU, please contact the CDSI Director of Advancement, Alyson Warner at or (954) 762-5349.

Thank you for your interest and generous support!



Naelys Luna, Ph.D., MSW
Interim Dean
FAU College for Design and Social Inquiry

If you have questions, please contact: Alyson Warner, Director of Advancement, at or (954) 762-5349