You may recall my dream shared in the fall 1998 newsletter:

As we approach the next five years of major building renovation projects, estimated to cost at least 6 million dollars, my recurring dream is this: that one of our financially blessed alumni or friends will come forward -- having seen or experienced here the life-changing power of our mission -- and will make a grand gift from the heart of perhaps even several million dollars to help take care of our House for the next generation of residents.

It will be a gift that will dramatically complement the thousands of gifts and other sources of support necessary to sustain the House and its mission over the long term. And so now, as we approach our 70th anniversary, I dream of a House responsive to the needs of the disabled; one that enhances safety at the very edge of the Hayward fault; one that provides our residents with hi-tech support for their academic success; and one that addresses the remaining outdated and decaying parts of our building.

While this dream is yet to be fulfilled, it is resonating in encouraging, even extraordinary ways. Many alumni have written in support of sharing such an ambitious wish.

Joseph Lurie

One alumnus has referred us to individuals who might be able to turn the dream to reality and several alumni have said to me: "I know that your dream for our I-House will come true." One alumna even wrote, "Keep dreaming in altruistic color!"

When and how my dream will be realized remains a mystery, yet it will be fueled by the daily fulfillment of the original dream which gave birth to our I-House. Consider, for example, these reflections from current and past residents:

"I was somehow doubtful about the future of South Africa. I always looked at the diversity there as being a great dilemma. But after my I-House experience I see its diversity as being its greatest potential. All South Africans must work desperately at rebuilding a new country for all races. I will make a positive contribution to that endeavor. Thank you I-House for making me realize this."

"Having friends from so many other countries makes me realize that all of us have to be careful not to slip into ruts of prejudice. Here you meet people at the gut, mind or heart level. The formation of friendships helps you forget about religion, race and nationality."

"The TV in the Great Hall was surrounded by students from around the world -- all of us watching intently as the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. I looked around me and realized how many of us at I-House had taken down the walls within ourselves. The world was not only changing on the screen­it was changing through us at I-House."

All of this reminds me of a remark once made by Martin Luther King, Jr.:

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Every day, as I see the impact of King's famous dream of brotherhood at work in International House, my dream for our building and its future grows ever stronger.



Joseph Lurie
Executive Director

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