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The University of Tampa is committed to supporting all students in meeting their basic needs. The Basic Needs Committee helps fulfill the University's commitment to diversity, while actively addressing systemic barriers and disparities in our community. This committee focuses on food, financial and clothing insecurities, as well as other resources, through the following avenues:

  • Emergency Grants: Providing in-time assistance with current or upcoming emergency expenses that are not included in the standard cost of attendance.
  • Food Insecurities: Providing support with temporary on-campus dining and a mobile food pantry each semester.
  • Career Closet: Providing students access to free professional clothing appropriate for career fairs, interviews, networking events and the workplace.
  • Preferred Name: Providing instructions on how to change your preferred name, which will be on display in Workday, SpartanLearn (powered by Canvas), on class rosters and your Spartan Card. 

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Committee Members:

  • Thomas Witherspoon, Chief Diversity Officer; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Provost's Office, and Office of Student Affairs
  • Lorie Kittendorf, Senior Director, DEI Planning & Assessment; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Deb Tritt, Director of Student Care and Advocacy, Operations
  • Caitlyn Hurley, Non-Clinical Case Manager, Operations
  • Emilie Morris, Coordinator of Student Competency Development Programs, Office of Student Leadership and Engagement
  • Gina Firth, Assistant Vice President for Wellness, Office of Student Affairs
  • Jackie Galzerano, Director, Financial Aid