UC San Diego

The UC Haiti Initiative @ UC San Diego 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.

UC Haiti Initiative @ UC San Diego is on the verge of making the UC Haiti Initiative an integral part of academic curriculum at UC San Diego. With the leadership of a few individuals and the support of faculty members: Professor Mandy Bratton, Director of Global TIES; Professor Sara Johnson from the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Literature; Lynn Anderson, Dean of International Education and Director of the International Center; Dean Gabrielle Wienhausen, the Associate Dean of Education for the Division of Biological Sciences; and the rest of the steering committee of the Global Health Minor, students can look forward to learning about the UCHI while receiving academic credit. Tentatively, students enrolled in the new Global Health Minor offered by Eleanor Roosevelt College can choose UCHI’s project as their Field Study Practicum.

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:

Liz Seckel, Psychology (PhD); UCSD Chapter Director