City University of New York Joins Storm Relief Efforts

October 9, 1998 | The University

The City University of New York has called upon its students, faculty and staff to join relief efforts underway to aid both the Caribbean victims of Hurricane Georges and those threatened by recent devastating floods in Bangladesh.

In a letter to all college presidents, Interim CUNY Chancellor Christoph M. Kimmich urged the individual campuses to mount or join existent relief efforts.

“We are especially sensitive to the plight of the many thousands of students, faculty and staff at CUNY who have friends and family at risk,” Kimmich said in supporting the growing relief efforts. Kimmich mentioned Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Bangladesh as areas with particularly close ties to the City University community. Those interested in participating in the CUNY effort should contact local campuses directly, or call CUNY Dean of Students Sheila Thomas at 212-502-2920.

The relief effort is seen as particularly important to CUNY as some 49% of its 200,000 students were born outside the U.S. mainland, with a significant number hailing from the storm ravaged Caribbean area.

City University campuses who already have relief efforts underway include:

  • HOSTOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE – is organizing a fund-raising telethon to rally support for victims of Hurricane Georges.
  • MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE – a relief drive to collect clothing and food for victims of Hurricane Georges in underway.
  • QUEENS COLLEGE – Several student organizations are sponsoring a canned food and clothing drive.
  • QUEENSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE – A canned food and bottled water drive is under way. Collected goods will be taken to the local fire station for shipment to affected areas.

Other CUNY campuses developing relief efforts include City College, The College of Staten Island, Graduate School and University Center, Hunter College, Kingsborough Community College, New York City Technical College, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College and York College.