CUNY College Communities Aid Hurricane Victims

Hurricane relief efforts sponsored by broad coalitions of City University of New York student organizations, Latino and Caribbean clubs and other campus groups are continuing to collect money, food, water, medicine and clothing on all CUNY campuses for victims of Hurricane Georges and Hurricane Mitch and the floods in Bangladesh.

“Thousands of CUNY students, faculty and staff have family and friends who are suffering in the areas affected by the disastrous weather conditions and have responded with generosity to the relief drive. Hurricane Mitch hasfurther intensified the need to continue efforts to provide assistance and support,” said CUNY Interim Chancellor Christoph M. Kimmich.

Colleges are coordinating efforts in conjunction with private and public agencies such as the American Red Cross, the Hispanic Federation of New York City, Alianza Dominicana (the Dominican Alliance), the Batey Relief Alliance and local fire stations. Relief activities include a Laugh-a-thon benefit comedy show at City College on December 4, a telethon hosted by Hostos Community College, and contributions of canned goods and clothing as the price of admission to campus social functions. University Dean for Student Affairs Sheila Thomas is coordinating the CUNY-wide efforts

Campus Highlights

Baruch College
The Caribbean Students Association, West Indian Cultural Club and Table Tennis Club solicited funds for Alianza Dominicana and the Red Cross, and clothing and canned food for WLIB to transport to hurricane victims. P.R.I.D.E (Puerto Ricans for Involvement, Development and Enlightenment) collected clothing and canned food at an event for Alianza Dominicana. The SEEK Society collected food, clothing and medicine for Alianza Dominicana and the Red Cross.

Borough of Manhattan Community College
The Student GovernmentAssociation, Aspira Club, Dominican Students Association, Latino Honor Society, Honor Society and Student Activities Office, with the College Counseling Center, coordinated a campaign to collect food, bottled water and money for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Bronx Community College
The Student Government Association collected bottled water and canned goods, which were brought to the local fire station.

Brooklyn College
The Haitian-American Students Association will sponsor the second of two cultural nights on November 4 to collect food and clothing for The Batey Relief Alliance. The Brooklyn College Hurricane Relief Coalition, including the Office of Student Development, the Puerto Rican Alliance, the Hispanic Society and the Caribbean Student Union sponsored a campus and local community food, clothing and fund drive, working with the Hispanic Federation of New York City, the Batey Relief Alliance, and the Office of City Councilman Guillermo Linares. The College Center also sponsored a concert featuring the salsa Latin band ” Timbaltes” and a “Jam If You Can” party during which clothing and food donations were accepted.

The City College of New York
In addition to the benefit Laugh-a-thon to be held on December 4, several other benefit social events such as a campus dance have been held, as well as a Hurricane Relief Collection Day, during which donations of clothing and food from each department were collected.

The College of Staten Island
The Student Government, in conjunction with the Staten Island-based Latino Civic Association, led efforts to collect blankets, water and canned goods. Students, faculty and staff continue to be encouraged to drop items at the Campus Center.

Graduate School and University Center
The Doctoral Students Council collected food, bottled water, clothing, baby items and money and forwarded them to appropriate agencies. Members of the Graduate School community have also been encouraged to send their donations to The Hispanic Federation, the Bangladesh Consulate, and the Consulate of Haiti.

Hostos Community College
Nearly 2,000 people attended a telethon on Channels 41 and 47, hosted by the College in conjunction with the Hispanic Federation, on October 3 to benefit victims of Hurricane Georges. Over $400,000 was raised during two shows in the College’s Main Theatre, featuring entertainers, representatives from the Mayor’s Office, and city and state legislators. The money was deposited into a special account at Banco Popular. Sixty percent of Hostos students are Latino, mainly from the Dominican Republic, with Puerto Rican students making up the second largest group and many have family who were directly affected by the hurricane.

Hunter College
The New Student Center, in conjunction with the Latino Honor Society sponsored a food and clothing drive with donations forwarded to Alianza Dominicana. In addition, NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research Group), in conjunction with the undergraduate student government, Dominican Perspecto Hostes, Christian Fellowship, Alpha Phi Omega, the Haitian Club, Colombian Club, Caribbean Student Union and African Descendant organization and sisterhood, also sponsored a clothing and food drive, working with several relief agencies and Councilman Guillermo Linares.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
The Latino Caucus collected more than $2,900 over four days from students and staff of the college. A check was presented to the American Red Cross.

Kingsborough Community College
The Puerto Rican Student Union, the BilingualClub, Spanish Heritage Club, Caribbean Club and Spanish-American Club sponsored a food drive, monetary donations, and a benefit concert, among other fundraising events. Funds were forwarded to community-based coordinating agencies.

LaGuardia Community College
Students, faculty, and staff collected food, clothing and money which were forwarded to the Haitian Consulate.

CUNY Law School
La Sociedad Estudiantil de Derechos de CUNY held a fundraising luncheon and donated the proceeds to the Red Cross.

Lehman College
The Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Caribbean Students Associations, the Student Government and the Office of Campus Life, as well as other organizations, sponsored a drive to collect canned food, bottled water, baby food, blankets, batteries, medicine, money and clothing for the Red Cross. At a Latin Dance on October 29, food, clothing and medical supplies were collected at the door.

Medgar Evers College
A relief drive is being held to collect clothing and canned goods for families of students and staff affected by Hurricane Georges. Nearly 200 students enrolled at the college come from Haiti. New York City Technical College A campus-wide campaign to collect food, clothing and bottled water was initiated by the Office of Student Life and Development and several student clubs held food and bake sales to raise funds for the hurricane victims.

Queens College
A broad coalition of campus organizations including Alliance of Latin American Students, Black Students Union, College Union Program Board, Alpha Chi Rho, Gay and Lesbian Union, the Quad, Golden Key Honor Society, and NYPIRG, collected over a ton of food from the campus and surrounding community to be sent to the Dominican Republic by Alianza Dominicana.

Queensborough Community College
The Day Session Student Government and the HLA Club sponsored a drive to collect food, water and clothing to be taken to the local fire station for shipment to affected areas. The Haitian Club also ran a food sale to raise money to help Haitians whose homes were destroyed.

York College
The Student Government initiated a drive to collect money, food, shoes and other clothing, generators, medical supplies and bottled water for the hurricane victims.