Simmons University | Boston, Massachusetts

March 20, 2020

Dear ,

Simmons, like many other universities, has had to make difficult and unprecedented decisions to protect the health and safety of our community during this COVID-19 pandemic. For the remainder of the spring semester all classes are now being taught online instead of on campus. This week, nearly all students moved out of the residence halls, and only essential staff are working on campus.

We know that many of our students rely on their Simmons housing. Our Dean of Students, Susan Antonelli ‘98, is working closely with international and other students on a case-by-case basis to help them with their housing needs. Many of our students also face hardships that make moving out of their campus residence on short notice difficult.

We are grateful that so many members of the Simmons community have expressed concern for our students and asked how they can help. In response, we have established the Supporting Our Students (SOS) Fund to help provide needed resources to our students. Gifts to the SOS Fund provide relief for alternative housing and transportation, mental health and medical needs, groceries and personal items, technology, and other accommodations to complete coursework.

As one Simmons student explained about needing support to find alternative local housing:

“My family does not have consistent internet or cell service at home and the time change will be prohibitive in terms of my studies.”

Many of our students’ financial needs are immediate and urgent, and we are working to raise $150,000 by the end of the month. The Simmons Board of Trustees has committed to a matching donation for every gift made by March 31.

Invest in our Simmons community by supporting our students. Make your gift to the SOS Fund today.

As a proud Simmons alumna, I have seen time and again how our community comes together to support and lift each other, and I know this time will be no different. I hope you will keep our students in your thoughts.

Warm regards,

Sarah (Medeiros) Cormier ‘05

P.S. If you can, please make your gift online, as processing checks will be delayed by our commitment to flattening the curve through remote work during this time.

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