The UC Haiti Initiative @ UC San Diego is driven by students, faculty, researchers and affiliates who are interested in applying their academic resources to the search for real solutions to the poverty created and perpetuated by the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January of 2010. This chapter is a call to action for those affected by the earthquake, founded at the UC San Diego campus in April of that year.
Our goal is to promote a shared vision of the future growth and development possible for the Haitian community, in which we develop new ways of working together from within the structure of the University at a global, national and local level. This is a vision that has poor communities and people at its center, and a wish to focus action on the causes and consequences of the post-earthquake conditions that continue to shake and impoverish these communities.
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.
We invite you to learn how you can get involved, working to increase the availability of information about Haiti and Haitian redevelopment on the UC campuses. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or to join this chapter.
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Nisha Balaraman, UCSD Chapter Director