Ways to Stay Involved

Students and faculty are encouraged to make use of these community resources to stay connected and support others while practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Department Resources

Virtual Help Desk

The GGSS Virtual Help Desk is designed to provide students with a resource for guidance on assignments as well as general information about gender and sexuality studies and the GGSS program. Faculty are welcome to coordinate with us on specialized support for their classes and assignments. The help desk is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in GGS courses.

University at Buffalo Resources

Blue Table Food Bank

The University at Buffalo provides food support to students in need through the virtual food bank, Blue Table. Gift contributions can be made to support this program through the UB Foundation Giving portal

Network for Enriched Academic Relationships (NEAR)

Graduate students in need of support should take advantage of this online mentoring directory. NEAR connects students to faculty across all disciplines who can provide guidance and support on issues outside of academics/research. 

Gender Institute 

UB's Gender Institute is offering a variety of virtual programming throughout the fall semester including a speaker series, a BLM book club, and more! It is a great way to stay connected and network while working and learning remotely.

WNY and Buffalo Community Resources


Artpark remains a place to enjoy the combination of art and nature just outside of the city. The park's hiking trails remain open to visits, and they have begun socially distant programming for the summer, including a drive-in film series.

Explore Buffalo: Virtual Tours

Explore Buffalo, a non-profit organization that facilitates tours and events to help people discover the architecture, history and neighborhoods of Buffalo, has begun offering virtual resources during the pandemic. Check out Explore Buffalo's website to learn more and (virtually) discover our city.

Justice for Migrant Families

This organization supports individuals and families in the Buffalo area, including the detention center in Batavia. There is an urgent need to provide three months of food and medicine to local families and commissary support for those in Batavia. The organization is now accepting donations in order to provide this urgent as individuals await their court appearances.

Just Buffalo Literacy Center

Just Buffalo continues to engage with and strengthen Buffalo's communities through literacy arts. Remote activities have included anti-racism work, sidewalk poetry, and Lit City Voices--a video poem series. 

Madwomen in the Attic: The Barbara Project

Madwomen in the Attic (MITA) is a feminist mental health and literacy advocacy organization in Buffalo, NY. During the coronavirus pandemic, the group is moving one of its new programs, the Barbara Project, online. The project is a collaboration with the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, in which volunteers read aloud to inpatients groups. These readings, now being done virtually due to restrictions on visitations, provide an alternative way for patients to have human interaction during an especially isolating and vulnerable time. MITA is calling for volunteers to submit 15-20 minute video recordings of a reading of any work by a female author. More information and instructions can be found on the MITA website.

People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH)

PUSH Buffalo has been using its network and resources to provide support to vulnerable residents in WNY during the Coronavirus pandemic. The organization is continuing to ensure Buffalo residents have access to affordable housing and economic opportunities. Donations can be made through the PUSH website to help further their response. 


Please email us at GGSsdept@buffalo.edu with more suggestions!