Program Contact

Feleti Matagi

Director of Student Services
Union 235
Meet with Feleti


Funds distributed do not generally exceed $500. The committee will review applications requesting in excess of $500 for unique and unusual circumstances of emergency financial need. Applicants may be required to meet with a staff member in the Office for Equity and Diversity to discuss their application. Examples of covered costs include, but are not limited to:

  • Medications and other costs related to medical care (that are not covered by insurance)
  • Books and other essential academic expenses
  • Safety needs (i.e. changing a lock)
  • Assistance with replacement of essential belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster
  • Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family
  • Assistance with loss of income or housing, and other essential household expenses

Students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources. This funding is not intended to replace existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid.

Measurement of Program’s Effectiveness

Student retention rates, money management programs and campus community involvement will measure the success of this funding. Committee will meet frequently to ensure a long-term strategy is set in place for each student.


To maximize resources, create a network and strengthen partnerships, these funds are a collaborative effort with various student services across campus. Pools of funding and resources will help students navigate long-term financial goals. There are currently two ways to contribute to the Diversity Student Emergency Fund. Thank you for your support!



Please check with your employer to see if your gift could qualify to receive a matching gift and make your donation go even further!


Please make checks payable to The Office for Equity and Diversity

The Office for Equity and Diversity
Attention: Neelam Chand
The University of Utah
201 South Presidents Circle, Park 120
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-1238

Additional Student Emergency Programs

Feed U Pantry

The University of Utah food pantry provides non-perishable, nourishing food for our students, their families, faculty and staff. Why? Because there are times when we all have struggles: Loss of a job, paying tuition, medical emergencies. The basic demands of life sometimes makes us have to choose between food or bills. We don’t want any member of our Campus Community to have to choose between having some food on the table and keeping up with the emergencies that come up.

Women’s Resource Center Emergency Fund

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) seeks to be a primary network of resources for all women on campus. As a Student Affairs office they work to collaborate with offices on campus in order to have the necessary knowledge to assist student, staff and faculty with appropriate resources. The WRC offers scholarships and financial assistance, counseling for individuals and couples (for U of U students, staff and faculty), support groups for women on and off campus as well as opportunities to volunteer and get involved.

Contact Nicole Wobbe-Espinoza, Administrative Assistant of the Women’s Resource Center, for how to apply for their emergency fund.

LGBT Resource Center Emergency Fund

The LGBT Resource Center seeks to provide a safe environment for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to promote, educate, and develop programs centering on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The center provides a comprehensive range of education, information and advocacy services, and works to create and maintain an open, safe, and supportive environment for LGBT students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the entire campus community. Fill out their emergency fund application here!

Dreamers Support Fund

On November 17 2016, President Pershing sent out a letter announcing the new DREAMers Support Fund—a fund designed to support undocumented & DACAmented students at the University of Utah. Click here if you wish to contribute to the DREAMers Support Fund, managed by the Office of Engagement.