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The Kalyn Smith-Tranquil'son Memorial Fund is an emergency funding source for UCR students in good standing who have been cut off financially from their families because of their sexual orientation, gender, perceived orientation or gender, or work with the LGBT community. Students of all sexual orientations and gender identities may apply for assistance.
Tranquil Calley (class of '89, M.A.) created the fund as a way to commemorate her son's life. Kalyn Smith-Tranquil'son (class of '81) died of AIDS-related complications in 1994 at the age of 34. The anthropology major, known as Colin Smith while attending UCR, was an early advocate for gay rights on campus.
Students who benefit need not repay the funds. Rather, they are encouraged to donate to the fund when they are able, and keep the positive impact going.
If you believe you qualify for an emergency grant, please contact LGBT Resource Center Director Nancy Tubbs at 951-827-2267 or firstname.lastname@example.org.