ADELPHI UNIVERSITY: Help Urgently Needed for Students During Coronavirus Crisis

Source: Adelphi University

Adelphi University issued the following announcement on March 25.


During the challenging and anxious days and weeks ahead, the support we give to one another and all those in our community is becoming more important than ever.

We’re living in historic times—times that call on each of us to think about those in our community who are in need of extra help.

We are especially committed to our current students. Our mission to provide them the help they need—to stay safe, stay strong and reach their academic goals—is stronger than ever. As you already know, to fulfill that mission, we have moved our students out of residential housing wherever possible, moved classes online and tried in every way we can to safeguard their well-being.

Yet many of our more vulnerable students are now facing unforeseen new challenges.

We are hearing about students who:

Can’t afford to travel home

Do not have a safe home to go to

Are not able to travel home to their families due to international status

Do not have a laptop or computer at home for online classes

Do not have internet access at their homes

Relied on an on-campus job for extra income

Given these sudden and critical needs, along with the recommendations for social distancing, we have postponed Giving Day 2020, One Day to Give, and instead are asking our generous and caring Adelphi family members to contribute directly to a new Student Emergency Support Fund. This new fund will address the immediate needs of students experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Make a Gift

With your generosity, we can act quickly to provide help to our vulnerable students during this crisis. Your donation will fund:

Travel—so that students can safely return home

IT support, including laptops and broadband internet

Unmet medical expenses

Meal money for students with food insecurity

Your gift to the Student Emergency Support Fund will help Adelphi students through the coronavirus crisis—and enable them to stay on track to graduate.

I urge everyone in our community to stay updated with our coronavirus news page as we support each other through this public health challenge.

Thank you for your concern and willingness to go above and beyond for others—and helping us all come together at this time to support our students.


Maggie Yoon Grafer ’99, MA ’08

Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President of External Relations

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