Make #GivingTuesdayNow Count for Our Students

Office of the President

May 5, 2020

Dear Graduate Center Colleagues

I want to express how tremendously impressed I am by the dedication and innovation you have shown in responding to the ongoing global health crisis. These types of challenges define us. And our community has proven to be resilient, thoughtful, and dedicated to our vital mission of advancing knowledge in service of the public good.

We are also here to serve our remarkable students who are facing tremendous disruptions in their study and teaching and threats to their health and material needs. I share your concerns for their well-being and want to ensure that we do everything we can to support them.

In this spirit, I hope you will consider joining me this May 5th in a national day of philanthropy dedicated to responding to COVID-19 and consider making a gift in support of our Student Emergency Fund, which provides immediate assistance to students facing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19.

We have already distributed funding given for this purpose to more than 100 students facing a variety of challenges, from job loss to medical expenses. But requests are outpacing the funds we now have, and we anticipate a total need of $500,000.

A number of you have already contributed to this effort, and I thank you. Our collective commitments will have a powerful impact. Together, we can help our students fulfill their academic and professional potential. This is the heart of our work as faculty and administrators.

You can make a gift online at

Learn more about the Campaign for Student Emergency Funding.

Thank you for your consideration and your support.


James Muyskens
Interim President

Submitted on: MAY 5, 2020

Category: COVID-19 | President's Office - Archive