According to Estes, the new Brook Street residence hall project represents an important milestone in Brown’s commitment to a dynamic residential experience as core to the undergraduate experience. For the first time in 30 years, the University welcomed undergraduates into a new residence hall when it opened Sternlicht Commons and Brown University Health and Wellness Center in Fall 2021. In conjunction with the Brook Street project, the 513 new beds created by the two residential projects substantially reduce the number of Brown undergraduates living off campus.
In addition to the impact the Danoff Residence Hall will have on the student experience, the Danoffs said they were enthusiastic to support the University’s commitment to the greater Providence and Rhode Island community — brought to life in this project both by creating new housing to reduce off-campus demand and by partnering with the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council and the Building Futures apprenticeship program for construction labor.
“We very much admire the University’s mission and impact on the Brown community and also on the Providence community and beyond,” Ami Kuan Danoff said.
Ami Kuan Danoff is the co-founder and CFO of the Women’s Foundation of Boston, a philanthropic organization that empowers women and girls through the creation and funding of high-impact leadership and economic programs in partnership with nonprofits devoted to serving women and girls. William Danoff, who has led a long and successful career in finance, is a vice president and fund manager with Fidelity Investments. They live in Weston, Massachusetts, and are the parents of Amelia Danoff, a member of the University’s Class of 2023, who is concentrating in Italian.
The Danoffs have been longtime leaders, board members and philanthropic supporters of their alma mater Harvard College and of independent schools and higher education institutions that have educated and molded their three children, William Danoff said. They are also driven by the power of education and science to improve lives and create economic opportunity, and they have supported a wide range of community organizations in Greater Boston, as well as science and research initiatives such as the Harvard Quantum Initiative.
“We’re working together to make a better Brown, a better neighborhood, a better future and a better state,” William Danoff said during a July 11 topping-off ceremony for the Brown residence hall project. “One of the lessons that I’ve learned over time is this notion of ‘living is giving and giving is living.’ Life is more meaningful when you share it, when you work together.”