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COVID-19 Resources for Indigenous Peoples

This page is a starting point for ASU students primarily, and the wider community seeking Indigenous-centric resources and tribal perspectives on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

Message from the director

"As ASU continues to monitor COVID-19, American Indian Student Support Services (AISSS) is committed more than ever to maintain what our students affectionately call our “home away from home.” 

Our caring staff are available and working remotely to assist in all aspects of college life."

-Dr. Laura Gonzales-Macias Interim Director

Visit for additional contact information.

Student Success and Retention Coordinators

Set up Zoom appointments with AISSS staff by clicking on an appointment link below.


Vickie Baldwin (Downtown Phoenix campus) 602-496-0355 | Set an appointment


Claudia Dagnino (West Valley campus) 623-543-6290 | Set an appointment 


Jayme Deschene (Tempe campus) 480-965-8176 | Set an appointment


Laura Medina (Tempe campus) 480-727-1036 | Set an appointment

COVID-19 Emergency Fund Application

Emergency funds for students are being offered through the University Innovation Alliance, in collaboration with the American Indian Student Support Services (AISSS). These funds are made available in support of students who are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Please read the contents thoroughly to ensure understanding of the process and eligibility requirements.


  • Currently enrolled, degree-seeking American Indian/Alaska Native, and students of color
  • Part-Time and Full-time ASU students in good academic standing
  • Student awards: $100 minimum to $500 maximum

Step I

To be considered, students are required to first submit the online application answering the three questions below, and upload an attached document to verify financial hardship.  

  1. Why are you requesting emergency funds?
  2. How is the current COVID-19 situation impacting your education?
  3. What are your future academic and career goals as they pertain to your personal/cultural background?

To verify financial hardship, students must upload at least one of the documents listed below, which shows the student’s name as the customer, account holder or employee:

  • Eviction notice
  • Current bank statement with balance
  • Layoff or furlough notice from employer
  • Shut-off notice for utilities
  • Other

*After review of the application to determine financial hardship and need, students will be sent an email correspondence to communicate approval or denial status.  Approved applicants will receive instructions to proceed to Step II.        

Step II

Students must be prepared to provide all necessary information and documentation regarding how the awarded funds will be used/expended. 

Due to the number of applications we anticipate receiving during this time of crisis, students who receive favorable “approval” must upload ALL required documents within 48 hours. Failure to provide the required information will forfeit the emergency grant award. 

Step III

Impact Statement Requirement: Students who receive assistance through the COVID-19 Emergency Grant will be required to submit an “impact statement” which will be shared with the University Innovation Alliance, in acknowledgement of the financial support provided.

If you have questions, please contact: Student Success & Retention Coordinators:

Vickie Baldwin | (602) 496-0355 | or Claudia Dagnino | (602) 543-6290 |

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The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.