Ways to Support Students During COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear College of Arts & Letters Family & Friends:

In responding to the evolving challenges of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the safety of our community through social distancing and the success of our students are our top priorities.

Here at Michigan State University and in the College, we have moved our face-to-face instruction for students to virtual settings through the end of the semester, postponed spring commencement, and suspended spring/summer study away and abroad programs. Additionally, we have canceled or postponed campus events, lectures, and symposiums.

Many alumni, parents, and friends of the College have asked us, “How can I help current students?” Thank you for your care and concern. Here are two ways you can help:

Financial Assistance to Students: MSU has remained dedicated to support students who are unable to return home, and many who have returned home continue to need our help. Here in the College of Arts & Letters, we have an emergency fund for such hardships. We anticipate that many students may need food, housing, and assistance during this unprecedented situation. Others may need support in the event they are unable to return home. If you are looking for a way to help, we encourage you to give to the College of Arts & Letters Emergency Fund.

Words of Encouragement to Students: During this challenging time, many students could use words of encouragement as they adapt to remote learning and social distancing practices that can have an isolating effect. Sending words of encouragement can be uplifting for students. The burden of the current crisis weighs heavily on students and their families, so support from the broader Spartan community can remind them that we are all here for one another during this stressful period. If you are interested, please email your message to alumni@cal.msu.edu. We will compile and post these messages to social media and distribute them to our current students.

We are grateful for those who have already donated to the College of Arts & Letters Emergency Fund. Without your generosity, many students would not have received the assistance they need during this crisis.

In closing, let us express our deep gratitude for your constant support. Your dedication and care have been unwavering as we navigate through this difficult period. Thank you and please take care. 

Black signature of Dean Christopher P. Long

Christopher P. Long

signature of senior director of development, Christine Radtke

Christine Radtke, CFRE
Sr. Director of Development