The UC Haiti Initiative @ UC Riverside is the local chapter of UCHI’s unprecedented system-wide organization. Driven by UC students, faculty, researchers, administrators and supporters, together we continue to organize locally in the ongoing effort to leverage the diverse, passionate talents from across all ten UC campuses into a twinning model with the Université d’état d’Haïti (UEH), or State University of Haiti, to find real solutions to the poverty created and perpetuated by the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January of 2010. In response, this chapter is a call to action that has established a close connection between the student body, faculty and administrators to ensure that Haiti’s rebuilding and long-term goals are met through collaboration in higher education.
Currently, we are working to bring speakers to the Riverside campus and remind people of the ongoing crisis in Haiti, hoping to increase local awareness of the UCHI organization while gathering faculty and student support. Similar to the courses being taught at UC Santa Cruz and UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside held a course in Spring 2011 focusing on problems facing Haiti’s redevelopment.
In concert with the other nine UCHI chapters, we collaborate with our Haitian colleagues to realize a shared vision for Haiti’s bright future; a vision in which we develop new ways of working together as global citizens from a university platform; a vision that has poor people and poor communities at its center that addresses the causes and consequences of the post-earthquake conditions that have created and perpetuated severe circumstances for the majority of Haiti’s proud and talented populace. Please join us.
For all inquires/further information, please contact:
Jamaul Weaver, Public Policy/Global Studies; UCR Campus Director