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Campus Life and Program Management
ACUI Campuses' Response to Crisis in Haiti
Colleges are part of the international response to the catastrophic earthquake recently experienced in Haiti. We are curious to learn about the many ways ACUI member campuses are responding to this crisis. Please share your ideas, plans, and programs with the association on this topic thread.
Last night at the University of Vermont, we hosted a candlelight vigil outside our student union. It included speeches from those with close ties to the country. We are lucky enough to have a programmatic flagpole (alongside the US and VT flags) so we raised the Haitian flag during this vigil as well. It will continue to fly for the coming week, at least.
Thanks for trying to gather this info in a central location.
Here is an e-mail sent from Student Gov't to our club presidents. It sums up the student response pretty well. (sorry for formatting).
Here's the university response in case you are curious: http://haitidisaster.nd.edu/
Club and Organization Presidents-
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a great start to the new year.
I write to you in a time of sincere need. As you all know, theearthquake in Haiti has caused severe suffering and pain throughoutthe population of Haiti. We are one of the most united student bodiesin the country. As leaders of Notre Dame, I feel that it is ourresponsibility to step up and provide as much assistance and supportas possible. It is our job to lead by example and our job to inspirehope during times of distress.
There are many questions circulating campus asking what we can do tohelp, who needs our help, and where we can donate money and goods.
On behalf of the student body, Student Government has decided toinitiate a broad collaboration and coalition of student clubs,organizations, dorms, academic departments, and individual students sothat we can centralize our efforts in the most efficient way possible.
This is only the beginning of our efforts. Many students have come tome with some remarkable ideas which we will continue to implement. Iwanted to make sure, however, that we at least created a foundationfor the student body's support.
I would like to outline our collaborative plan below. I have alreadyrun this by several of you, but I ask that you please read through thedetails and please relay the information to your specific club ororganization.
Today, we created an account through the University that all fundswill be placed into. Instead of creating a situation where studentswould feel obligated to choose among a variety of groups or agencies,we decided to choose a group of agencies that all of our centralizedfunding will go towards. With much consultation, the groups that wechose are: American Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, thefundraising efforts of Friends of the Orphans, Congregation of theHoly Cross, and the Notre Dame Haiti Program. We are hopeful thatthese groups are as inclusive and reliable as possible and that youwill be willing to support these efforts. Each of these groups willreceive at minimum 10% of the funds. On Friday, with the assistance ofstudent leaders, we will decide the overall designated percentagesgiven the specific need at the time.
There are many ways in which we hope to centralize this money drive.There will be boxes with a unique label explaining this initiative ineach dorm starting this weekend; there will be boxes at each cashregister within LaFortune, and within most food services locations;there will be a collection at each dorm mass on Sunday; there will beopportunities for students to donate at the dining halls and in otherlocations throughout LaFortune. However, the most important method ofgathering support is through you, as club and organization presidents.Your group can donate money directly to you and we will have someonein the Student Government Office (203 LaFortune) each night next week(through Thursday) collecting the funds from 10pm-12am and thensubmitting them into our account.
There are a few things that I would like to ask of you. First, pleasesend me or Cynthia Weber (student body vice president) any suggestions that you have. In these endeavors, we are trying tohelp centralize the efforts and create an easy system for students tohelp in our efforts.
1) I would like to send out an email to the student body explainingthe details tomorrow night. If you could, please respond to this emailwith your support so that I can add you and your organization to thesignature of the email.
2) We have attached a Google spreadsheet. If you can, please sign upor have members of your clubs sign up to fulfill some of the timeslots for the dining hall and LaFortune locations. Also, please signup to be in charge of a specific box at particular locations. Moredetails will come regarding these volunteer positions. Here is thespreadsheet:
3) Please feel free to drop the donations each night (starting Mondaynight) in the student government office. (There will be a volunteer inthe office from 10pm-12am)
4) Finally, PLEASE feel free to give us as many suggestions aspossible. I definitely do not want to appear overbearing throughoutthis; we just wanted to help get the ball rolling.
CONCLUSION:We are creating a campus wide money drive. The money will go to RedCross, Catholic Relief Services, Friends of the Orphans, Congregationof the Holy Cross, and the Notre Dame Haiti Program. Students will beable to donate money through you (club and organization presidents),their dorms, food locations throughout campus, and LaFortune.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me viaemail or Cynthia Weber (student body vice president).
I cannot thank you enough for all of your support on thiscollaboration. This is a team effort and I feel proud to be a part ofthe Notre Dame community as we come together with confidence to helpthose in sincere need.
In Notre Dame,
Grant SchmidtStudent Body President
We have 1 big event and lots of little fundraisers going on. All donating to PIH and will present their checks at 1 big event on Feb 28. Feb 28th event is a celebration/history lesson/fundraiser all day event with performers, live feeds, language lessons, panel discussion, history museum, lectures with goal of raising $25,000 that we have a donor matching. here is the website with all that we are doing and what is going on..
At UNE we have a series of events as a part of the fundraising campaign students are calling Love for Haiti as it is the week before Valentine's day (for most of the events). We have carnations that have been donated and will be sold as "flower-grams". Our student newspaper is also selling small ads in the paper so students can send a love message vie the newspaper. We also have a dance co-sponsored by our Activities Program Board, Gay-Straight Alliance, and Hockey Team (A Drag Ball), at which all proceeds will be donated to the Haiti relief efforts. The biggest event for us is in the Dining Hall on February 10th. Students will be able to donate one of their flex dollars (money from their meal plan that can be used at alternate locations on campus). The flex dollars collected are all being donated. Sodexo is preparing Haitian food for lunch and dinner. Our Multicultural Affairs office is providing music and information at tables about Haitian culture and the tragedy.
The Division of Student Affairs sent a message to student leaders to see who would be interested and at our small campus, 44 student leaders attended a Sunday evening meeting to plan, what has become, Love for Haiti.
My office coordinated an initiative planned by Student leaders at Missouri State University who established a campaign to take place the week following the earthquake in an effort to raise funds for Haitian disaster relief. “Bears Backing Haiti: 50 in 50” was conducted for 50 hours Jan. 19-21, with the goal of raising $50,000 to aid Springfield-based Convoy of Hope in their disaster relief efforts in the country. The campaign ran from 6 p.m. Jan. 19 through 8 p.m. Jan. 21 in front of the student union, utilizing volunteers on campus with buckets to collect donations. The campaign concluded at 8:15 p.m. Thursday evening with a Candle Light Vigil and presentation of a check to Convoy of Hope.
So here were the results: Missouri State students presented Convoy of Hope a check for $34,000 and an IOU for $16,000 - but these numbers only tell part of the story:
As you can tell - we are very proud of everything that has occured here at Missouri State. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 417-836-4719 or e-mail at email@example.com
Director of Student Engagement
From Ohio State, on behalf of my colleague Bernie Savarese who organized our efforts...
The Ohio Union, in partnership with the Office of Student Life, Undergraduate Student Government and our four Greek Councils coordinated an event on Monday, February 1st from 5pm to 8pm titled, "One University. One Cause. A Buckeye Benefit Dinner for Haiti." This campus-wide event was marketed to all students, faculty and staff, with the goal of uniting the Ohio State campus community in response to the tragic events in Haiti. The event featured a spaghetti dinner (penne pasta, salad, roles and a beverage) for the cost of $10.00 with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross.
We were able to donate 100% of the money raised thanks to generous donations from US Foodservice, Coca-Cola and other local vendors/suppliers. The Office of Student Life/Recreational Sports also donated countless staff hours, marketing materials and the use of the gymnasium and tables/chairs.
We were excited to offer a drive through option for those students, faculty and staff who were unable to stay for the event. Over 300 meals were distributed via the drive through. Our Campus Safety Service, Transportation and Parking Office and Police Department were instrumental partners in the success of the drive through.
Here are some of the facts and figures from our event:
We couldn't be more proud of our planning team! It was truly a selfless and dedicated group. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (Bernie Savarese, Assistant Director - Ohio Union) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-688-4636. Thank you!
At Wesleyan we have a centralized page as part of our website where various campus groups, departments or individuals can share ideas and plans. Visit the site below to see the various events and responses planned such a concert series, dodgeball tournament, discussions and more.
We also created a blog: http://community.blogs.wesleyan.edu/tag/haiti/