I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with classes moved to remote instruction, our campus is unrecognizable. Beloved traditions and end-of-semester celebrations are being reenvisioned in our new virtual world.
Vibrant community spaces like the Hawrys Campus Recreation Center and the Student Activities Center are empty. Some of our athletic fields are being converted into field hospitals. The eerie silence on campus is a constant reminder of our absent students and of the tremendous mental and physical stresses they face.
A large number of Stony Brook’s students — undergraduate, graduate and professional — come from socioeconomic backgrounds most at-risk during this crisis.
Some are living with extended families in cramped homes. Many lack essential technological resources, hindering easy access to their online classes. Scores of students and their families are suddenly jobless. The psychological impact of these struggles is immense and potentially debilitating.
They desperately need our help now.
I ask you, please, to make a gift to provide critical Emergency Student Support now.
Your donation, of any amount, will immediately help our students overcome these challenges that now compromise their safety, health and well-being. It will also facilitate the uninterrupted pursuit of their studies at Stony Brook.
At a time like this, the entire Stony Brook family must draw together in common purpose, encouragement, support and love.
Michael A. Bernstein, PhD
Professor of Business, Economics, and History
P.S. Please share this Emergency Student Support crowdfunding link with your family and friends.