Hi, I am a 23 year old Black trans femme from Chicago. I am currently a student at Columbia University facing an urgent situation. Despite my best efforts, I am at risk of not being able to continue my education
Hi, I am a 23 year old Black trans femme from Chicago. I am currently a student at Columbia University facing an urgent situation. Despite my best efforts, I am at risk of not being able to continue my education due to financial instability and the imminent threat of homelessness.
Financially, I've been independent, with no cosigner for loans or additional support. Recently, I had to use my savings to return to campus this semester (Fall 2023), leaving me with limited financial reserves. Securing employment in NYC, where I now live, has been challenging due to the competitive job market and my academic commitments, which are even more complex as a Black trans femme. Public transportation and off-campus living pose safety concerns.
Columbia is unwilling to offer support and has blocked me from registering for Spring semester.
To survive and pay for my education, I've had to take on additional measures, including engaging in sex work.
As a Black trans femme, I have faced numerous challenges that have complicated my journey. In recent months, these difficulties have intensified, leaving me without stable employment and threatening my ability to stay in school.
Columbia University has been a beacon of hope for me, a place where I have sought to further my education and contribute to a community that values diversity and inclusion. However, they have drained me. Without immediate support, my pursuit of higher education and personal growth is in jeopardy.
This GoFundMe campaign is a call for your solidarity and support. Your contributions will go directly towards my housing, tuition costs, FFS recovery (scheduled for Jan 4, 2024), ensuring that I can remain at Columbia and continue to work towards my degree.
Please help me overcome these hurdles by donating to my fund. Any amount, large or small, makes a significant difference and brings me closer to achieving my dreams.
I sacrificed everything I had to be here and I am committed to persevering through these trials with your support.