Skip Navigation


Emergency Fund for Students of Color

The Emergency Fund for Students of Color (EFSOC) is administered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and supports emergency needs of students of color. This fund was started in 2001 by Black members of the class of 1974 and is an endowed fund. Areas of support include needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as medical/dental care, eyeglasses, medications and travel for urgent family matters.

“We would help each other, taking up collections for a sister who needed it,” recalls a member of the class of 1974. “We felt there should be a real mechanism in place…and we want to give something back.”

How to Apply

Please complete the Emergency Funding Application on the Smith Social Network (you must be signed in to access the form). Requests for funding from the EFSOC are reviewed by the dean of multicultural affairs.

Please note: An emergency is an unexpected, serious and urgent situation, or unanticipated event, requiring prompt action. Examples include treatment for an acute medical or dental condition, payment for medication, replacement of eyeglasses, and travel funds for an urgent family matter. The emergency fund is not a replacement for financial aid, and is intended to cover incidental and unexpected expenses of modest amounts.

If you are unsure of whether something would be covered, feel free to contact L’Tanya Richmond, dean of multicultural affairs, at

After Applying


Responses are expedited, but still may take a day or two. Students will be notified via their campus email regarding the status of their request.

Thank-You Letters

Expressions of gratitude can be addressed to “Whom it May Concern” and submitted to the dean of multicultural affairs at