Center for African American Studies

The first–floor lounge of the Center for African American Studies will be renovated thanks to a $50,000 gift from Michelle ’84 and Kurt ’87 Lyn P’12 of Houston, Texas.


Their gift honors the 40th anniversary of the establishment of CAAS and is intended to make the lounge a more attractive venue for the entire campus community.


Ashraf Rushdy, chair of African American studies, expressed deep gratitude to the Lyn family for their generosity. “The money will be used to make the lounge even more welcoming and attractive, and that much more of a productive space for classes, lectures and cultural events. We look forward to welcoming the Lyn family back to Wesleyan and showing them the fruits of their thoughtful gift.”


Michelle majored in biology and psychology at Wesleyan and received her MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is an associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of Child Protection/Section of Emergency Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital as well as a Wesleyan trustee. Kurt was a government major at Wesleyan, graduated from Hofstra University Law School, and is currently the managing partner at the firm Lam, Lyn & Philip in Houston. The Lyns also support the Unconventional Wisdom: Legacies of Success program at Wesleyan, which was designed to facilitate interactions between alumni and students of color.


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