By Emily S. Tai
Last month brought brutal weather conditions around the world, which has affected friends, family, and colleagues of many CUNY faculty. If you are interested in contributing to Hurricane relief—for Houston, Miami, Puerto Rico, or Bangladesh—the following websites and organizations may be of interest:
- Disaster relief is being coordinated at each CUNY campus through the office of the CUNY Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs, Christopher Rosa. A recent memorandum from Chancellor James B. Milliken indicated that drop-off points on each campus will be established;
- The Puerto Rican Bar Association has listed several organizations, such as Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico, which have also been endorsed by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY;
- The Hispanic Scholarship Fund has recommended Unidos Por Puerto Rico and One America Appeal (launched by five U.S. presidents to assist victims of Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey);
- The New York Times has also provided a list of places to donate;
- A city-wide effort to assist victims of Hurricane Maria has also been announced by Mayor De Blasio. You can find your local city council district here to call and ask about donation items and times.
- UNICEF’s Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund has been contributing to efforts to address various global crises, including flooding in South Asia, and the recent earthquake in Mexico.
Emily S. Tai is a professor of History at Queensborough Community College who serves on the UFS Executive Committee, and edits the UFS Blog.
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