UC Santa Barbara

The UC Haiti Initiative @ UC Santa Barbara 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.

Our chapter’s accomplishments include raising $50,000 in relief funds immediately following the earthquake, a panel discussion with Haitian journalist Wadner Pierre, and hosting speakers such as human rights lawyer Nicole Philips, Haitian activist Pierre LaBoissiere, and author Jeb Sprague to discuss the current political state of Haiti. Currently, the UCSB chapter is committed to building a stronger network of passionate members throughout the student body, faculty, and community of Santa Barbara.

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:

Christine Aboseif, Pre-Biology; UCSB Chapter Director