Student Affairs Update on Returning to Campus

Following messages from the University and Dean Diez Roux on our Return to Campus, I am writing with an update on our progress in welcoming all of our Dornsife students back in the fall. Most classes and co-curricular activities will be delivered remotely in the School. There will be some opportunities for face to face classes and co-curricular activities for students planning to return to campus. 

Your Academic Department will be in touch shortly with more detailed information about the fall quarter/instruction. We know you have lots of questions, and we are working hard to get you as many answers as quickly as possible. Your academic program manager and myself included, are your best points of contact for those questions.

Student/Campus Life.  We are committed to providing opportunities for students to connect outside of the classroom with students, faculty and professional staff. Some events will be within your academic departments/programs but there will be a robust series of opportunities enabling you to connect with alumni, faculty/staff and your peer students.  I will be holding a virtual forum for students and Q&A in the coming weeks before the fall quarter starts, stay tuned for the save the date.   

Student Support. Students will have limited access to Nesbitt Hall and Drexel buildings with ID.  All students regardless of where you are will have access to Drexel Libraries, Career Services, Student Counseling and Health, Student Health Services, Disability Resources, Center for Learning and Academic Support Services and more. Please visit the page titled: Fall 2020 on DASH which will be updated with what you need to know. Dornsife DASH has a full list of student resources and services.

We’ll be offering a multitude of opportunities for students to connect with us and each other throughout the year. Our Weekly Wednesday emails to students will continue and our work with students and student organization leaders will continue.

New Student Orientation. The Student Affairs team is working with all Orientation and Welcome Week presenters to ensure programs/activities are available in a variety of formats as appropriate. All Dornsife orientation events will be delivered remotely either live or recorded, but we will concurrently offer some of our programming face to face when that event can meet health and safety guidelines.  Summer Orientation sessions assist in providing you a gradual transition into Dornsife student life, and to become familiar with University resources and services earlier. Michelle Quigley, Associate Director of Student & Alumni Services is your contact regarding Orientation.

Care, Health & Safety. The University has provided details on how we intend to operate as a campus community in the fall quarter. This includes implementing the Dragon Pledge and download/use of the Drexel Health Tracker. All students will be asked to complete an online health and safety training prior to the academic year starting.  Student Affairs will coordinate the distribution of masks for our students.  Each of us are being asked to follow the University’s guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19 and maintain health and safety of the community. We will provide updates on these matters as they become available.

Please take a look at the University’s Return to Campus Plan and the frequently asked questions page (FAQ) for the answers to further questions – we will continue to add information in the coming weeks.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon. We recognize that this is a time of change and uncertainty.  Please reach out with questions, feedback, and suggestions. We look forward to working with you in the weeks and months ahead.


Phi Nguyen

Dornsife Emergency Fund

The Dornsife Student Emergency Fund is still accepting applications.

The Dornsife Student Emergency Fund (SEF) was established to help full-time Dornsife School of Public Health undergraduate and graduate students who are in need of immediate financial assistance due to unforeseen circumstances or emergency expenses that are related to COVID-19 pandemic. The spirit of this funding is to support emergency circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Dornsife SEF is designed to provide one-time, short-term funding for expenses or costs resulting from temporary hardships. The Dornsife SEF is not designed to support routine expenses, such as rent/tuition. Students who are experiencing long-term financial hardships due to a change in circumstances should review Drexel Central/Financial Aid regarding a Financial Aid Appeal. 

Please note funding is limited and not guaranteed, and therefore not all requests may be fulfilled. In some cases, partial funding may be approved.

For full details and eligibility, please click here.

If you have questions, about Dornsife SEF, contact Phi Nguyen.

Summer Reading 2020 Giveaway

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is the Dornsife School of Public Health Virtual Orientation 2020-2021 Summer Reading selection.

To participate in the Book Circle at Orientation, REGISTER HERE. The first 30 students to register will win a free copy of the Just Mercy e-book! Winners will be notified by email.

Each year, a committee of students, faculty, and staff select a common reading to provide a shared experience to the campus community and incoming class. All students are strongly encouraged to do the summer reading and are invited to participate in the Book Circle held during Welcome Week/New Student Orientation.

We highly encourage all students to read Just Mercy, as it will provide a foundation for your education in public health and challenge you to view your experiences through different lenses.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle (McDermott) Quigley at

NEW! Guide for Free Software Resources

Looking to learn programming skills this summer? Check out this resource guide!

If you would like to expand or gain new programming and data analysis skills, create interactive graphs, and generate maps check out this resource guide.

This includes instructions and links to access free software (with the exception of STATA) and training through Drexel. Additionally, free training, textbook, and cheat sheet guides at basic, intermediate, and sometimes advanced levels are below descriptions for each software.