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Thank you We are apart, but together, thanks to your generosity to ensure that every UMass Boston student can learn remotely.

Between March 12 and May 18, the Beacon Student Aid Fund received 142 requests for financial assistance, with nearly $175,000 requested. With your help, we have granted $76,639 to students and their families for urgent needs like groceries, medications, and a safe place to live. Additionally, 100% of students who have requested a sponsored Chromebook have received the technology they need to stay engaged in their remote coursework.

The novel coronavirus has touched every corner of our city, state, and world. We know that you and your loved ones feel the strain, and yet you have made it a priority to help our UMass Boston students. Your generosity makes us swell with pride. With your help, our students and faculty have successfully transitioned to remote instruction and been able to access the technology to stay engaged with one another. Your gifts to our Beacon Student Aid Fund are directly assisting students and their families who are feeling the immediate economic impacts of COVID-19. Thank you for the resources, hope, and resilience that your gift has imparted.

You may not know them, but they appreciate you.

Learning continues, thanks to you.

Christy Ringdahl is a first-year master’s student studying to become an elementary school teacher. Christy has dreamed of being a teacher since she was in elementary school herself. She sees the need for public school teachers in low-income, high-needs areas, and she is dedicated to advocating for students when they need it most. Because of your generous donation, Christy was able to transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic by using a sponsored Chromebook. Your support helps make it possible for Christy to continue her studies through this difficult time so that one day she will become an elementary school teacher, providing a safe, protected, and nurturing environment for young students in high-needs schools.

Students Rally for One Another

Undergraduate students Gillian Benoit, Steven Marstjepovic, and Nike Asupoto created UMBeTogether as a place for students to connect virtually during isolation. Students can engage around hobbies and interests, make new friends during quarantine, and share resources. The social aspect of college may feel stymied right now, but these students are not taking it lying down.

Read how UMBeTogether is connecting students to share skills and interests remotely.

Beacon Student Aid Fund Delivers Hope

The Beacon Student Aid Fund exists to help students who are in need of money to solve an immediate problem. This fund existed in prior years to help our most vulnerable students access emergency funds when an unanticipated event occured, but in the age of COVID-19 the need has increased substantially. Donations to this fund go directly to help our students who have the greatest need. Beacon Student Aid Fund recipients may request funds to help cover rent or bills, wifi access, or food and personal care items.

Good News from Columbia Point

Jack Carvalho '92 donates $100,000 to Beacon Student Aid Fund

"'I am very proud to be a Beacon,' Carvalho said. 'So many students are facing a challenging time. I hope that this gift will encourage an outpouring of support from my fellow alumni and friends of UMass Boston to contribute to this fund. We are all in this together; let’s help these kids out.'"

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh creates COVID-19 Health Inequities Task Force

"As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Boston, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a new COVID-19 Health Inequities Task Force to provide guidance to the City of Boston on addressing current inequities in data analysis, testing sites, and health care services for Blacks, Latinos, Asians and immigrants."

Mayor Walsh Puts UMass Boston Chromebook Drive Over the Top

"A donation of $8,500 from the City of Boston's GRAD Last Mile Fund has put UMass Boston’s Chromebook drive over the top of its goal of securing 200 laptops to loan students. The drive has now funded 223 Chromebooks for students without laptops to help them succeed in a remote learning environment."

UMass Boston Scientists Donate Unused PPE from Labs

"As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, healthcare workers have struggled to persist against the virus through a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gowns, gloves, and eye gear. To help mitigate the shortage, two members of the UMass Boston’s School for the Environment (SFE) collected PPE from their labs, donating it to Boston Medical Center this past Friday."

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