Mason Responds to Haiti Crisis

Posted: January 20, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: January 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm

As in past natural disasters, the George Mason University community has banded together to help victims caught up in tragedy.

Mason has developed a web site, Earthquake in Haiti: Mason’s Response, which will serve as a clearinghouse for efforts and events to support relief in Haiti.

Fortunately, no Mason students or faculty or staff members in Haiti at the time of the earthquake were injured. Ten Mason students affiliated with a local church group visiting Haiti have been reported to be unharmed.

In a letter on the web site, Mason President Alan Merten wrote, “Any help you can provide will be of enormous benefit to the Haitian people. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by this tragedy.”

Mason Efforts

Many students, student organizations, staff and faculty members are already assisting in the relief effort. A meeting to coordinate Mason’s response will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 3 p.m. Please contact Kathy Trump, associate dean for international education and programs, at 703-993-3659 if you or your group would like to get involved.

On Jan. 15, Andrea Bartoli, director of Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, left for Haiti to aid in the relief effort.

On Jan. 16, Corazones Unidos Siempre, Chi Upsilon National Latin Sorority Inc., held a fund raiser for Haiti relief efforts.

Upcoming activities/events planned so far are

Event: It Could Have Been Me
Sponsored by: Phi Beta Sigma
Dates: Jan. 19-Feb. 4
Every Thursday, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Donations accepted for the United Way Worldwide Haiti Relief Fund

Event: Haiti Relief: Wristband Fund Raiser
Sponsored by: Mason National Pan-Hellenic Council
Dates: Monday, Jan. 25 to Thursday, Feb. 4
Activity: Selling black rubber wrist bands that read HAITI RELIEF 01.12.10 for only $1.00
One hundred percent of proceeds will be given to Haiti Relief (50 percent will be given to American Red Cross and the other 50 percent will be used to make care packages.) Wristbands will be sold in the Johnson Center atrium on the following schedule:

  • Monday, Jan. 25, 2 to 5 p.m., Kiosk G
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Kiosk B
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5 to 7 p.m., Kiosk C
  • Thursday, Jan. 28, 4 to 7 p.m., Kiosk F
  • Monday, Feb. 1, 12:30 to 3 p.m., Kiosk F
  • Tuesday, Feb. 2, noon to 2:45 p.m., Kiosk C
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Kiosk D
  • Thursday, Feb. 4, 2 to 4 p.m., Kiosk G

For updates and other ways to support relief efforts, see the response web site.

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