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Lynn Videka

Dean and Carol T. Mowbray Collegiate Professor
School of Social Work

As I reflect on the challenges that we have faced over the last 8 months, I am appreciative and proud of our social work community’s response. In the face of the pandemic, our alumni, students and faculty have worked tirelessly providing support on the front lines of COVID-19, moved to virtual classes and field placements, and stood up for social justice, anti-racism and oppression.

During this time, generous alumni and friend donations to the Student Emergency
Fund have provided a critical life-line for students who have had unexpected financial emergencies due to the pandemic. Your continued support is critical as we continue to face uncertain and continued challenges as this pandemic continues.

Below, in their own voices, is a sampling of the impacts that you make when you invest in our students:

“The Student Emergency Fund is a true blessing. Thank you, this help came at just the right time, I am so grateful.”

“In March my computer died. The campus was closed. I was writing a paper with a professor and I had to stay on his timeline. The Joint PhD program provided funds so I could buy a new computer. A doctoral student has to maintain such a high level of responsiveness, always turning work in, so this completely saved my life! I felt really seen and cared about and valued as a member of a community doing important work. I felt my research mattered. It made me even more committed.”

“I am overwhelmed with appreciation and gratitude. There was someone out there generous enough to support me without knowing me. I felt I had such a grand support system I had not been aware of. I cannot express my thanks enough. I hope one day to support students in the same way that someone supported me.”

“Right when we began to quarantine due to Covid-19, my computer just stopped. I was working as a research assistant at $15 an hour, which is the most a graduate work-study can make in that position, but the work was difficult to conduct. I also had $1,000 a month rent to pay. My family couldn’t help. The anxiety was so difficult. The Office of Student Services reached out to me about the Student Emergency Fund. I was able to get a new laptop and help with my rent. I feel like The School of Social Work saw me. Not being able to socialize, I was feeling very alone. I was not. People may not realize how far a gift to the Student Emergency Fund can go—it has allowed me to stay in Michigan and focus on my studies. I am so grateful to everyone for their help.”

If you are able to make a gift, now is the time. Our students need you, our communities need them and together we can make sure that our students who are experiencing unexpected financial emergencies will be able to complete their academic program and launch their careers.

Thank you for your consideration and for all that you do each and every day to make this world a better place.

With appreciation,

Lynn Videka,
Dean and Carol T. Mowbray Collegiate Professor

P.S. We are busy planning for the upcoming School’s Centennial Celebration. 100 Years of Michigan Social Work in 2021! Watch for more information in the upcoming months.

During this time, generous alumni and friend donations to the Student Emergency
Fund have provided a critical life-line for students who have had unexpected financial emergencies due to the pandemic. Your continued support is critical as we continue to face uncertain and continued challenges as this pandemic continues.

Below, in their own voices, is a sampling of the impacts that you make when you invest in our students:

“The Student Emergency Fund is a true blessing. Thank you, this help came at just the right time, I am so grateful.”

“In March my computer died. The campus was closed. I was writing a paper with a professor and I had to stay on his timeline. The Joint PhD program provided funds so I could buy a new computer. A doctoral student has to maintain such a high level of responsiveness, always turning work in, so this completely saved my life! I felt really seen and cared about and valued as a member of a community doing important work. I felt my research mattered. It made me even more committed.”

“I am overwhelmed with appreciation and gratitude. There was someone out there generous enough to support me without knowing me. I felt I had such a grand support system I had not been aware of. I cannot express my thanks enough. I hope one day to support students in the same way that someone supported me.”

“Right when we began to quarantine due to Covid-19, my computer just stopped. I was working as a research assistant at $15 an hour, which is the most a graduate work-study can make in that position, but the work was difficult to conduct. I also had $1,000 a month rent to pay. My family couldn’t help. The anxiety was so difficult. The Office of Student Services reached out to me about the Student Emergency Fund. I was able to get a new laptop and help with my rent. I feel like The School of Social Work saw me. Not being able to socialize, I was feeling very alone. I was not. People may not realize how far a gift to the Student Emergency Fund can go—it has allowed me to stay in Michigan and focus on my studies. I am so grateful to everyone for their help.”

If you are able to make a gift, now is the time. Our students need you, our communities need them and together we can make sure that our students who are experiencing unexpected financial emergencies will be able to complete their academic program and launch their careers.

Thank you for your consideration and for all that you do each and every day to make this world a better place.

With appreciation,

Lynn Videka,
Dean and Carol T. Mowbray Collegiate Professor

P.S. We are busy planning for the upcoming School’s Centennial Celebration. 100 Years of Michigan Social Work in 2021! Watch for more information in the upcoming months.

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