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Help for Haiti: An Update from the Colleges

January 14, 2010 | Posts

The colleges of the University quickly mobilized to serve students and staff with relatives in earthquake-devastated Haiti and to support relief efforts. Here is a quick look at some of their efforts as of Thursday, Jan. 14:

Yesterday evening, Medgar Evers College’s Office of Student Affairs held an information and sharing session to provide support and counseling for those directly or indirectly affected by the events in Haiti for students, staff and faculty, as well as to hear the latest information on the situation there. More than 600 students of Haitian descent attend the College.

Lasting approximately two hours, the session in Founders Auditorium was attended not only by members of the Medgar family, but also by Pastor Robert Waterman and representatives of Congress members Yvette Clarke and Anthony Weiner. Community residents were invited to share their experiences, as well as any information they might have about rescue efforts or relief outreach. A second information session is being planned for the middle of next week.

Today, our Office of Student Affairs dedicated a conference room, S-307, to serve as an information and support center. Live CNN coverage is shown in this room, and there are both telephones capable of making long-distance calls and Internet-connected computers so that students, faculty and staff can connect with their families in Haiti. The room is available throughout today until 5:00 p.m. A schedule will be circulated listing additional dates and times.

The President’s Office has created a Disaster Relief Fund Account; donations of cash, money orders or checks can be deposited in the Bursar’s Office, Room S-308. The funds will be routed to relief organizations on the ground in Haiti, such as Doctors without Borders, OXFAM, Save the Children and other such support entities. In addition, a Disaster Relief Committee has been convened at the College to coordinate further relief efforts.

LaGuardia Community College is conducting a community- and college-wide disaster relief drive for victims of the recent Haitian earthquake. The College is reaching out to local residents who are interested in making contributions that will go directly to providing aid to those affected by the earthquake that left the poor country in shambles. Donations will go to two organizations that are actively involved in the relief effort: Yele Haiti, musician Wyclef Jean’s grassroots organization; and Haitian-American Christian Community Alliance Church, a local parish that has a relationship with charity organizations in Haiti and has conducted relief efforts for Haiti. Checks should be made out to the LaGuardia Disaster Relief Fund and sent to: LaGuardia Community College, c/o The Student Life Office (M-115), 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101. For more information on the drive, please call (718) 482-5195.

Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Student Government Association and the Office of Student Activities are planning two immediate initiatives to assist Haitian earthquake recovery efforts. Canned food and clothing can be donated at the Student Government Association office (S-215), beginning Tuesday, January 19. In addition, the OSA is planning “Dollar Donation Days for Haiti” on Thursday, January 28, and Friday, January 29, the first two days of the spring semester.

Efforts to contribute to relief efforts are under way at New York City College of Technology. Web resources have been launched and will grow (http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/haiti/index.html).  The college invited students and others with family in Haiti to visit our Counseling Center. Contribution jars will soon be at a number of public sites, with funding earmarked for the American Red Cross. Other activities are in initial planning stages.

The City College has created a page on its website with information about services available on campus to students, campus activities related to the Haiti relief effort and links to other sites for making donations and getting news and information, http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/facultystaff/Haiti.cfm. Additional information is available on the College’s Facebook page and via Twitter.