UB student Jinene Thompson received help from the UB Fund when she lost most of her material belongs in an apartment fire.
Jinene Thompson of Queens, New York, came to the University at Buffalo to pursue a master’s degree in education.
Just 30 days after settling into her new Buffalo apartment, a fire broke out, displacing her and the other residents. Thompson vividly remembers running from the building into thick black smoke, having time to grab only her laptop, backpack and coat.
“I lost every other material thing,” Thompson said. “I couldn’t imagine how I would get through this.”
UB educates more graduate students than any other school in the State University of New York system. Our students have more than 300 graduate and professional programs to choose from and countless possibilities for interdisciplinary work. They receive personal attention from engaging, inspiring and expert faculty members. And they emerge from UB as strategic thinkers poised to make a global impact.
But, we also know that students have full lives on top of their classes. That’s why the Graduate School of Education helped Thompson get through her ordeal and stay in school with UB Fund support designated for student emergencies. Thompson is very thankful to UB Fund donors, whose gifts helped her get back on her feet and finish the semester.
A gift to the UB Fund gives each student—including Thompson—the immediate support needed inside the classroom or out. In addition to student emergencies, the UB Fund supports experiential learning programs like study abroad; improves places and spaces where students learn, discover and create; and helps students develop into entrepreneurs who become the next generation of change-makers.
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