COVID-19: Increasing Support for Students

Recorded On: 04/09/2020


As school advancement teams adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are being called upon to generate more support for students with urgent and unexpected needs. Exploring this issue, Dan Allenby (AGN) led a conversation with industry experts Matthew Lambert (William & Mary), John Silveria (UMass Boston), and Audra Vaz (Appalachian State) to share experiences, offer perspectives, and tackle some important questions.

Register now to learn how to increase support for students through the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Perspectives on the impact the pandemic is having on students and what are institutions doing to address needs
  • Ideas for the opportunities that exist for donors to provide support for students and the role advancement programs can play in this effort
  • Tips for how advancement teams can collaborate with student leaders, parents, faculty, the office of student affairs, and other campus partners
  • Thoughts on the challenges might students face in the weeks, months, and years ahead
  • And more!

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Matthew Lambert

Vice President for University Advancement

Matthew Lambert oversees all William & Mary efforts related to alumni engagement, private fundraising and philanthropic outreach, university marketing, and alumni communications. A graduate of William & Mary with a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology, Lambert earned a master's degree from The Ohio State University, and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to returning to William & Mary in 2013 as the vice president for university development, he was associate vice president in Georgetown University's Office of Advancement.

John Silveria

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

John Silveria oversees UMass Boston’s Dean of Students Office and is responsible for student activities, the Office for Student Leadership and Community Engagement, new student orientation, and the development of the university’s Residence Life program. He has more than 25 years of student affairs experience, with leadership and supervision in key functional areas of student life, including student activities, orientation, interfaith center, student leadership and engagement, and residence life. Silveria received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a master’s in higher education administration from Suffolk University, and a master’s in business administration from Boston University.

Audra Vaz

Executive Director of Development and Annual Giving

Audra Vaz leads a team of fundraising and communications professionals tasked with garnering support for the university’s greatest needs. She has more than 25 years of progressive leadership experience in advancement, communications, and relationship building. Prior to her current role, Vaz led annual giving efforts at Florida Atlantic University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University, a master’s in nonprofit management from Florida Atlantic University, and a doctorate in education from Appalachian State University.


Increasing Support for Students Through the COVID-19 Pandemic
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