A trip to the Soviet Union early in Lori and Bob Warmington's marriage provided a spark that became a life direction for the couple.
Their interest in citizen peace building is based on developing trusting relationships and connections between people that create tolerance and understanding.
The couple made a significant gift to support the XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship, which recognizes students' commitment to ethics and leadership on campus and in the community.
"Students face many challenges and have difficult career choices to make," Lori says. "The Dalai Lama is probably the most ethical man on this planet today, and if the traits of leadership, ethics and values are to be developed for future generations, then there is no finer role model than His Holiness."
In addition to their generous support of the scholarship and other areas on campus, the Warmingtons also endowed a chair in global peace and international cooperation in the School of Social Ecology. Bob is a third-generation Southern California developer. Consistent with family tradition, he established Warmington Land Company, Inc. and predecessor companies to develop premier property in Southern California.
Lori is a life-long community volunteer, organizer and peace activist. She is a founder of the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding as well as a co-founder with Bob of the Aspen Grove Project, an organization which connects independent peace initiatives around the world. She also serves as an Ambassador with the Carter Center in Atlanta.