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President responds to earthquake in Haiti

President William Powers Jr. responds to the earthquake in Haiti.

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As relief and recovery efforts continue after Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, I know the thoughts of members of our university community are with the Haitian people. The impact of this enormous catastrophe is felt by people here and around the world, and our hearts go out to those affected by this tragedy.

I am aware that some of us may want to take action in support of the Haitian people. On the Know Web site you will find contact information for charitable organizations who are providing aid to Haiti. Activities organized by students, staff and faculty will also be included here as they develop.

You should also know that the Dean of Students Office and the International Office are involved in identifying any of our students who were in Haiti during the earthquake. They have confirmed that one of our graduate students has escaped serious injury and is returning home.

I know our caring community will do what it can to help the people of Haiti. I urge you to monitor this site for updates as relief efforts continue.


About the photo: Locals walk in a destroyed street in Port-au-Prince on Jan. 14, 2010, following the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti on Jan. 12.

Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images.