As the impact of COVID-19 has become clear, many School of Architecture alumni and friends have reached out to express concern and to offer support for our students during these uncertain and challenging times. While moving classes online and having students off campus is essential for public health, it has caused major disruptions in our students’ lives, and many of them now need emergency support from the university.
On March 25, The University of Texas at Austin launched a fundraising effort to support students in need due to the COVID-19 crisis. You can help by making an online gift to support the Student Emergency Fund. The university has a team of 20 caseworkers who are dedicated to reviewing student applications for emergency and providing assistance to those with the greatest need.
Your gift will be used immediately to provide:
- Funds for students who have lost wages or jobs they depend on to pay for their education and to support themselves or their families
- Computers or internet access for students who will not otherwise be able to complete their spring coursework
- Immediate support for students facing food insecurity, unanticipated moving or relocation expenses, and other challenges
- Resources for students who need emergency transportation or medical/mental health services.
For students in the School of Architecture, the Student Emergency Fund will also help those who might need additional technological support as we move our classes and studios online.
In the longer term, there will be other ways to help School of Architecture students. If your firm or business is in a hiring position this summer, a part-time job or internship will provide an important source of income and invaluable professional experience to our talented students.
In the meantime, you can make an immediate difference for students struggling in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, by visiting https://hornraiser.utexas.edu/project/20497, or contacting Luke Dunlap, executive director of development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512.656.3598.