Meet our Site Leaders

The leaders of the FAST Fund site act as agents of change within their institutions, working closely with faculty and union locals to tackle students’ basic needs insecurity. These leaders play a crucial role in overseeing the FAST Fund operations, ensuring prompt assistance to students dealing with financial emergencies. By promoting a culture of support and advocacy, they aim to create a more equitable learning environment for all students. Through their dedication and collective efforts, the FAST Fund site leaders demonstrate a commitment to empowering students and encouraging community collaboration.

Their Stories, Their Impact

Stony Brook University

 

University of Montana

 

Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)

 

Compton College

Los Angeles Southwest College

“We received a student request for $50.00 in order to buy groceries, while the student waited for their first check of their new job to be deposited. Being able to provide quick financial support to prevent food insecurity to a student embodies the mission of the FAST Fund. Fifty dollars was the difference between going hungry or eating.”
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– Danielle R. Osmelak, EdD

FAST Fund Leader at Governors State University

“We had the unexpected and unique opportunity of giving away 4,200 pairs of underwear to students. The UUP FAST Fund developed a student-centered event called Empowerment Through Essentials. During this event 13 student services departments with more than 50 union volunteers distributed healthcare products, healthy snacks, and wellness resources to hundreds of students. Students were in disbelief that they were being given essential items with no strings attached; some welled up with tears and many shared their personal struggles with affording hygiene products.”

 – Amanda Flanagan,

FAST Fund Leader at Stony Brook University

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Meet Jean Engohang-Ndong, PhD., the site leader at Kent State University

Hear from our FAST Fund leader at at Kent State about the important work they’re doing to address basic needs insecurity on their campus.