Messages to the Georgetown Community
Responding to the Crisis in Haiti
April 7, 2010
Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:
On Monday, April 12 the Georgetown community will join colleges and universities from around the region to participate in "Haiti Day," a day to remember the victims of the recent earthquake and continue to raise awareness about the challenges facing the Haitian people.
In coordination with the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, Georgetown students, faculty, and staff have developed a series of events in Sellinger Lounge, beginning at noon on Monday, April 12 and continuing through midnight. Our campus community will come together to learn about Haitian culture and history, to pray for those affected by this disaster, to increase awareness of relief and recovery efforts underway, and to broaden our ongoing response.
Our Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service has led preparations for this event, and the planned activities truly represent the diverse strengths of our campus community. The day will include performances, opening and closing prayer services, panel presentations, an art show, opportunities for action, reflective discussion, and more. A complete listing of the day’s events is available on the Center for Social Justice website.
I would like to express my gratitude to the University community for its commitment to an ongoing response to the situation in Haiti . Over the past three months, the Georgetown community has actively supported critical relief efforts by contributing time, expertise, and funds, and these generous efforts continue to reflect the best of our campus community. Georgetown community members and alumni have been engaged directly in Haiti , and some of their stories are highlighted here.
I hope that you are able to join us for the events on April 12.
John J. DeGioia