Mason Reaches Out: Chile–Haiti Day on April 12

Posted: April 7, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: April 6, 2010 at 3:34 pm

To remind us of the great need in Haiti and Chile, which both suffered earthquakes, the consortium of Washington, D.C.-area universities has designated Monday, April 12, as Haiti Day.

Mason is calling it Chile-Haiti Day. A series of events will take place from noon to 6 p.m. in Patriot’s Lounge on the main floor of Student Union Building I on the Fairfax Campus.

  • A movie about the women of Haiti, “Poto Mitan,” will be shown throughout the day.
  • Ann Ross, forensic anthropologist from North Carolina State University, will speak at 1 p.m.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to learn the merengue, a dance with Haitian origins that is also popular in Chile, at 2:30 p.m.
  • A forum will be held at 3:30 p.m. by Mason students from Haiti and Chile as well as Mason students who were in Haiti at the time of the earthquake. Mason has four students from Haiti and nine from Chile on campus.

In addition, Southside will feature Haitian food at lunch.

For more information, see the University Life web site or contact Kathy Trump, associate dean for international educations and programs, at 703-993-3659.

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