2023 Back to School Drive

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As the fall 2023 semester gets underway, some UT Dallas students need help during the transition into the new school year. Help UT Dallas students start off strong by making a gift to support one of these vital resources available to new and returning students:

  • Center for Students in Recovery
  • Comet Cupboard
  • Galerstein Gender Center
  • Military and Veteran Center
  • Multicultural Center Cares Emergency Fund
  • International Student Emergency Fund
  • Student Counseling Center
  • Student Emergency Fund

Choose your area of impact and make an immediate difference with your gift today. 


The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR) helps students seeking recovery from substance and alcohol use, eating disorders, and other addictions and compulsive behaviors. The CSR helps UTD students affected by these issues or individuals explore the impact of addictions or compulsive behaviors within their lives. The CSR offers one-on-one recovery planning sessions provided by a mental health professional, several peer-led open support groups for students, and psycho-educational outreach programming around recovery. CSR’s mission is to provide a safe, supportive community to enhance students’ ability to thrive socially and academically while living in recovery. 

Donations to CSR will help

  • UTD students access treatment and services in the community that are not available on campus.
  • Students in recovery to meet basic financial needs in order to stay in school.
  • Expanded collaboration with Residential Life to support students in recovery and create sober-living opportunities that enhance sustained recovery and personal and academic success.

You can learn more about the Center for Student Recovery and the services they provide at https://recovery.utdallas.edu/


To meet the needs of on-campus students experiencing food insecurity, the Comet Cupboard continues to serve the UT Dallas community. The Comet Cupboard experiences high levels of demand year-round and is anticipating food and personal care item shortages during the coming weeks. We hope you’ll help us continue to feed our hungry Comets! 

The Comet Cupboard could not exist or grow without your help.

The Comet Cupboard food pantry, an on-campus student-led initiative, began operations in 2012 and is dedicated to helping students in need achieve academic success by alleviating their food insecurity challenges. Additionally, undergraduate Comets are able to engage in volunteerism and leadership with the Comet Cupboard as a service-learning experience that helps students value community over individualism.  

Food insecurity compromises a student’s ability to achieve academic success. According to college students surveyed in the College and University Food Bank Alliance’s Hunger on Campus study, 53% or respondents report missing a class, 55% did not buy a required textbook and 25% dropped a class because of hunger or housing problems. 

We value each student and want to ensure they have their essential needs met in order to achieve their full potential during their academic journey. Please join us to continue the mission of feeding hungry Comets. Let’s create a #HungerFreeUTD!

You can learn more about the Comet Cupboard, along with how to donate the cupboard's most needed items, at https://oue.utdallas.edu/cupboard


The Galerstein Gender Center (GGC), under the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, has been in existence since 1996. We advocate for and support women, LGBTQ+ people and all communities facing oppression. Our programs are intersectional and delivered through educational workshops, lectures, leadership development, advising, resource referral, celebratory programs and advocacy. We also offer scholarships, volunteer opportunities and organizational advising.

Donations to the Galerstein Gender Center will help expand the Life Transitions Closet. The mission of the Life Transitions Closet is to provide UT Dallas students and employees with the clothes, shoes and accessories they need to navigate whatever life transitions they experience, including gender transitions, loss or gain of employment, pregnancy or birth and more. The space is a donation-based resource and open year-round, except for campus holidays.

You can learn more about the Galerstein Gender Center and the services they provide at https://gendercenter.utdallas.edu/


The Military and Veteran Center (MVC) provides comprehensive support for military-affiliated students, from admission through graduation, to facilitate the achievement of their academic and career goals. Military-affiliated students include veterans, current military service members (Active/Guard/Reserve), ROTC cadets and students with a veteran/military spouse/parent.

Donations to the MVC will help support:
  • Travel grants to state and national veteran conferences for the Student Veteran Association (SVA) and Peer Advisor Veteran Education (PAVE) organizations.
  • Veteran programing and events.
  • Dependent and spouse programing and events.
You can learn more about the Military and Veteran Center and the services they provide at https://veterans.utdallas.edu/


The Multicultural Center(MC), under the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, has been serving the UT Dallas community for nearly 20 years. The MC provides a range of student success initiatives, scholarship efforts, community outreach activities and cultural education programs. We build community, contribute to the rich fabric of the UTD campus and are committed to equitably advancing opportunities for all current and future Comets.

Donations to the MC Cares Emergency Fund will assist with the retention and success of our underserved students. Students often have immediate and unexpected expenses due to special circumstances beyond their control. For many students, a financial emergency could lead to their departure from UT Dallas and a loss of momentum toward completion of their degree, ultimately impacting their retention and success. This fund provides emergency financial assistance to underserved students and ensures they have the resources and support necessary to be successful in their academic journey.

You can learn more about the Multicultural Center and the services they provide at https://multicultural.utdallas.edu/


This fund is managed out of the International Student Services Office and was established to support F-1 international students at UT Dallas. The UT Dallas International Student Emergency Fund (UTDISEF) exists to offer limited financial assistance to UT Dallas international students experiencing unforeseen and unexpected circumstances that require financial resources to solve and which, if not addressed, could prohibit the student from remaining enrolled and persisting toward graduation.

By supporting the UTDISEF, you can assist UT Dallas students contending with financial challenges such as:

  • USCIS application fees for critical immigration applications (economic hardship, extension of stay, temporary protected status).
  • Medical expenses such as hospitalization or medication expenses.
  • Unexpected emergency travel.
  • Unexpected housing expenses.
  • Food insecurity.
  • Loss of financial resources due to being a victim of crime (i.e., scam, theft, etc.).

You can learn more about the International Student Emergency Fund and the application process at https://isso.utdallas.edu/isef/


The Student Counseling Center (SCC) offers free and confidential mental health services and resources to UTD students. The SCC provides brief individual counseling, group counseling, relationship counseling, psychiatry services, skill-based workshops, outreach and education, referrals and crisis services to all enrolled UTD students. The UTD SCC utilizes a short-term model, and services are goal-focused and brief. The SCC provides a safe, affirming and non-judgmental environment in which students can openly explore their concerns, work towards treatment goals and ultimately achieve overall better well-being.

By supporting the Student Counseling Center, you can support initiatives such as:

  • An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to address the increased emotional distress experienced by students nationwide. Housed at the SCC, an IOP would allow students to receive a higher level of care mental health treatment while maintaining their lives and academics on campus.
  • The creation of a trauma response team to respond to increasingly frequent tragedies seen across the nation, including mass violence and high suicide rates. Trauma response team members would be made up of licensed counselors who will play an active and critical role serving and supporting UTD students in moments of crisis. This would include daily walk-in crisis sessions as well as support following larger on- or off-campus crises.
  • Providing funds to mitigate the cost for UTD students who do not have the financial resources to pursue treatment or psychological assessments in the community. There are many students seen at the center who would greatly benefit from neuro-psychological testing or a higher level of care. Many of these students do not have insurance and are unable to pay for such treatment out-of-pocket. The SCC would like to increase access to these resources for UTD students who have the potential to improve their mental health and do better academically with appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

You can learn more about the Student Counseling Center and the services they provide at https://counseling.utdallas.edu/


The UT Dallas Student Emergency Fund supports all UT Dallas students experiencing financial hardships. It is managed by the Division of Student Affairs and Office of Financial Aid, and financial support is based on immediate needs. 

The Student Emergency Fund was created during a time of unprecedented uncertainty. Unfortunately, many UT Dallas students continue to face difficulties. Unexpected financial hardships may limit students from continuing their academic journeys. 

To date, 2,895 students have been served and over $1 million in emergency funds have been disbursed. The Student Emergency Fund represents the resilience and generosity of the Comet spirit. Its creation was driven by alumni and friends asking how they could help current students, and provides a way for our community to continue meeting student's emergent needs.

By supporting the UT Dallas Student Emergency Fund, you can assist UT Dallas students contending with financial challenges such as:

  • Housing and food insecurity.
  • Medical care and prescriptions.
  • Emergency travel costs.
  • Elimination of jobs and/or reduction of income.
  • Other unplanned expenses.

You can learn more about the Student Emergency Fund and the application process here: www.utdallas.edu/deanofstudents/emergency