The Gabler Promise Scholars Writing Program is designed to help students from historically under-resourced communities and underrepresented minority students succeed at UC Santa Barbara. The students, working over the course of a full year in small groups with a Writing Program mentor, develop strategies for writing effectively in personal/creative, academic, and civic contexts. This mentoring supports the students’ development as writers and enhance their opportunities for success at UC Santa Barbara and beyond.
The program is funded by a generous gift from Elizabeth and Lee Gabler, who live in Santa Barbara with their daughter. Ms. Gabler is a UCSB alumna with a degree in English literature. She is President of 3000 Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures that focuses on motion picture and television development with a specialty in literary based content. Formerly President of Fox 2000 and Executive Vice President at Twentieth Century Fox, Ms. Gabler has overseen such high profile films as Life of Pi, The Devil Wears Prada, Walk the Line, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Waiting to Exhale, among many others.