Tiger Community Update

Tigers Helping Tigers

The COVID-19 Emergency Fund provides short-term support for the unexpected needs of students. Examples include funding to cover housing and food insecurity, emergency medical care and prescriptions, and other unforeseen expenses. The fund is currently being used to handle emergency situations that have arisen due to COVID-19, such as remote learning technology and unanticipated travel to return home, as well as additional scholarship aid for a student whose parent loses their job.

Donor gifts of any size create an immediate impact for students.

  • $25 covers a ride for medical care
  • $50 can cover groceries for one to two weeks
  • $400 purchases one laptop for a student in need to learn remotely
  • $2,500 provides an additional scholarship to ensure an RIT student can return to campus in the fall

Funds are being depleted quickly due to the current pandemic, and we appreciate your generous support as we try to assist Tigers in need. Thank you.

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A note from our Vice President

Dear Tiger Alumni,

I arrived on RIT’s campus six weeks ago, excited to embark on a journey with you to collectively transform RIT. Like you, I was aware of the situation in Wuhan, but could not have imagined the global impact that we have so quickly realized.

Our primary focus is on the health and safety of our campus community. Spring break, which began on March 9, was extended and all coursework is moving to alternative delivery methods beginning on March 23. We have given our students until April 5 to vacate university housing and are actively working with those students with extenuating circumstances who are unable to leave. As you are doing in your own personal and professional lives, we are actively monitoring the situation. For the latest updates on RIT’s response, please visit www.rit.edu/coronavirus

For the professionals within the division of development and alumni relations at RIT, our daily work engaging with you in support of RIT and our students, while also creating meaningful relationships between RIT alumni, brings us satisfaction and joy. We are already missing this work and being with you, but our concern for the health and well-being of our Tiger community has forced us to cancel all RIT-sponsored alumni events on campus and around the globe until at least May 1. Our team is actively planning webinars and other virtual activities that can keep us connected in the interim. 

With in-person meetings and events on hold for now, if you’re not already connected with us digitally, you might consider:

  • Following us on Facebook and Twitter
  • Starting or continuing to build your network of fellow alumni on LinkedIn
  • Visiting the RIT Alumni Website
  • Join us for our upcoming webinars and view previously recorded webinars featuring both alumni and faculty presenters on a variety of topics
  • Checking out podcasts and recorded live streams from Transforming RIT: The World Tour events or Intersections: The RIT Podcasts the twice-monthly conversation between people whose daily work is making a difference in the world
  • Learning more about what’s happening in the world from a scholarly perspective through commentary and analysis featured on The Conversation
  • Taking an online class through RITx, our partnership with edX which offers free and reduced course offerings

While this is a challenging time for each of us, it is especially challenging for many of our students. I would ask you to consider making a special gift to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund that will support students experiencing economic hardships. It might be an unexpected plane ticket home, remote learning technology needs, or a storage space for their belongings. Whatever the need, a moment like this is why the COVID-19 Emergency Fund was established. You can make your gift by clicking here or calling 585-475-5500 or 800-477-0376 for more information. Please make your gift today. Thank you.

If we can be of service during these uncertain times, please contact us at ritalum@rit.edu. My thanks for your support and partnership. We look forward to being together again in the months and years ahead.

All good wishes,


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Phillip D. Castleberry
Vice President
Development and Alumni Relations