Building Community Together
“Value exists in each of us.” — David B. Mitchell.
In 1959, two eighth-grade boys met at Peddie. As a classic film states, it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship — one that has lasted for over 60 years. And recently, it inspired them to build a legacy that will live long beyond them: The Honorable David B. Mitchell ’63 and Diane T. Mitchell Fund for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
“We wish to make note of and call attention to the Mitchells’ lifelong dedication and commitment to seeking social justice for all peoples,” said Arthur E. Brown ’63, of his and his wife Jo’s establishment of the fund. “Our intention in making this gift is that future beneficiaries and recipients of these funds will be as inspired as we are by the Mitchells’ impact.”
This dynamic fund supports ever-evolving opportunities for students and employees to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion at Peddie and create impactful and sustainable change on campus to continuously foster a culture of citizenship, respect and belonging.
“Peddie will be benefited and strengthened by staying on top of its most significant asset: a genuine community,” said Arthur. “Community must constantly be nurtured to keep Peddie ahead of the rest of the pack.”
David feels the same conviction in the goal of this fund and of the bond that inspired it.
“The friendship begun in the eighth grade is undiminished through the years, but expanded by our mutual commitment to the development of just communities,” he said. “Diane and I express our profound gratitude to Arthur and Jo Brown for the honor of this gift in our names.
“Our goal with this gift is to foster a community that welcomes and embraces what each person contributes to making life better for all. The example of a diverse, inclusive experience at Peddie will demonstrate a future that reaches beyond our campus.”
This endowed fund is the first of its kind at Peddie, and all interested donors are invited to join the Browns and direct an endowment gift of any size to The Honorable David B. Mitchell ’63 and Diane T. Mitchell Fund for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion if they are looking for ways to sustain our efforts.