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Statements and Letters

Statement of Support in the Aftermath of the Haitian Earthquake

News from Haiti in the aftermath of Tuesday’s devastating earthquake continues to shock the nation and the world. The death toll and suffering are already of monumental proportions and seem likely to rise in the coming days. The rescue and rebuilding efforts will remain severely challenging and difficult in the coming days, weeks, months, and even years.

We extend our sympathy and compassion to all those whose loved ones were lost or injured in the tragedy. Our thoughts go also to all those anxiously awaiting word about family, friends, and colleagues in Haiti. We know that many American colleges and universities have students from Haiti and students studying and conducting service projects in the country. We sincerely hope that communication channels improve and word comes soon about victims’ whereabouts and well-being. One of our own colleagues is among those grieving for what she knows and fearing what she does not yet know. The pain runs deep.

The AAC&U community already is mobilizing to help. We are deeply grateful to the relief workers in the region who are assisting with rescue efforts and to the many who will soon be joining them.

While there are many ways that Americans can assist with recovery efforts, cash contributions are most needed in these immediate days after the tragedy. See CNN to find charities accepting donations to support relief, rescue, and rebuilding efforts.

January 14, 2010