Help Katie Continue at UMD

Hey everyone! —Trigger Warning: SA, Child abuse— I’m looking for funding for school. As many of my loved ones know, I was awarded a full ride to the University of Maryland College Park. I depended on this funding considering that I am first generation and my parent works hard just to provide our basic necessities. After a sexual assault and dealing with diagnosed Major Depressive Disorder as well as Complex PTSD, my grades dropped. I was approached about my grades by UMD staff who was aware of the sexual assault and the fact that I am a victim of long term child abuse. I opened up to the staff member and received hateful and discriminatory comments. The staff member also disclosed to me another student who was a sexual assault victim. This made me feel as though my story wasn’t safe with her, so I reported her to the Office of Diversity, directly following this I was removed from the scholarship program. I essentially lost more than half of my funding for school. I am still attempting to fight for my rights and to defend myself against this injustice. In the meantime I have to continue school and I need your help to do it. I refuse to be pushed out of UMD as many Latinas dealing with mental health issues and sexual assault usually are. Help me to stay at UMD by donating. Anything helps and goes a long way! I also appreciate the support of all who reach out to me in these tough moments, even if you can’t donate. You all are greatly appreciated and loved!


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Katie Arevalo 
College Park, MD

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