One day the threat of COVID-19 was half a world away, and the next seemingly on our doorsteps.
University of Mississippi leaders moved swiftly to protect students, faculty and staff – ultimately leading to the transition from campus classes and labs to online and remote learning. While COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we live and learn, it has not deterred us from maintaining top-tier educational opportunities.
On March 23, thousands of students logged on for remote instruction designed by deeply dedicated and resourceful professors in less than a week. While the transition to virtual classes was almost seamless, students still had to grapple with food and housing insecurity, medical costs and the expense of traveling home.
Provost Noel Wilkin addressed the need for support during these unprecedented times: "Our goal is to protect the safety of the people in our community and help support our students to complete their semester. This has been a tremendous effort and shift in a short period. As a result, it has required additional resources and support for members of our community.”
As they are known to do, Ole Miss alumni and friends started asking how to help. The Rebel Relief Disaster Fund was created so caring and compassionate supporters could help the university meet the most emergent needs, which change daily as the crisis evolves.
It may be some time before we see one another in person, but every day of this new journey reflects how Ole Miss prevails – and even thrives – under the challenges of a crisis. We will emerge stronger and more vibrant than ever, particularly with your support.
Today, you can help ensure that every member of our community can access the tools and support they need to thrive.