UNT Dallas student Michael Brown was recently featured on KERA for his role in Dallas’ Street Choir comprised of homeless individuals in Dallas.

Brown is one of several homeless students at UNT Dallas that the university is striving to help through a variety of programs geared at meeting their financial, academic, and other basic needs.

“UNT Dallas is committed to ensuring that we provide holistic services to students to further engage and develop them both inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. Jamaica Chapple, dean of students and assistant vice president of student access and success. “Two years ago we recognized the need to expand our student services to include student case management and a food pantry.

According to Chapple, the Office of Student Affairs offers students case management services that provide a direct link to external resources (temporary housing, holistic support hotlines, external counseling and mentoring, large scale food pantries, veterans’ resources, and campus resources). These resources further assist students with the life stressors that have the potential to impact their engagement here at UNT Dallas. In addition, UNT Dallas has a food pantry that is available to students by appointment. The purpose is to provide temporary food to students in need, and to further provide access to additional resources both on and off campus so as to encourage student well-being and enhance the student experience.

“We want our students to know that we recognize their hardship. We know life’s struggles can adversely impact campus engagement and student success, and we are here to help,” Chapple said. “Whatever life stressor they may be facing, there are resources on this campus to help them succeed.”

Homeless or struggling students are encouraged to contact Student Affairs at studentaffairs@untdallas.edu. Individuals who want to donate to the food pantry can email jagsgiveback@untdallas.edu.