Monday, September 18, 2017

Dear Howard University Community,
 
Many members of the Howard community have been impacted by the wreckage caused by Hurricane Harvey and, most recently, Hurricane Irma. Throughout the heartbreaking effects many are experiencing, unyielding hope has revealed itself reflected in all who have joined together, reaching out to Howard students and alumni in the affected regions and providing them assistance.
 
Addressing the needs of our students and those directly and indirectly impacted by these natural disasters remains a top priority. The Office of the Dean of the Chapel team has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document in order to respond to inquiries from our community members.
 
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. My family and I have been directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey/Irma.  Where do I go for assistance?
  • All members of our faculty can be academic resources for their students.  PresidentFrederick has asked faculty to be sensitive to student concerns by providing additional academic support, reasonable extension of deadlines, etc. as deemed appropriate.  
  • Dean Elaine Bourne Heath in Student Services is available to assist current Howard University students with their specific needs in the wake of the recent hurricanes.
  • The University Counseling Center is available and may be reached at (202) 806-6870.
  • The Financial Aid department is working to ensure that the needs of students who were directly impacted by the hurricanes are met.
  • The Office of the Dean of the Chapel is available as a safe space for students who have been affected by Irma and Harvey to come together.
  • The School of Social Work will provide support to affected students in the Residence Halls.
  1. What is the University doing to help the communities in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma?
  • The University community is coming together to engage in a robust response to assist the communities in need, as directed by President Frederick.
  • Through continuous contact with the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, and grassroots contacts on the ground, we have learned that some of the major distribution channels have become overwhelmed by the immediate response to the need for aid.  Both FEMA and our local contacts have suggested that these communities will need support for many years. 
  • We are now focused on formulating a targeted response to help those who will continue to be in need after the immediate response efforts decline, including:
    • Bringing together student organizations—Texas Club, Caribbean Student Association, and others—with connections to the affected areas to assist them with the needs of their members and their efforts to assist their neighborhoods.
    • Coordination of faculty support and an interdisciplinary response, assisted by School of Social Work Dean Sandra Crewe.
    • Planning a focused spring 2018 response to the hurricane-affected areas through Alternative Spring Break engagement.
  1. Where do I donate money or items to assist with the University’s relief response?
  • While we are not currently receiving monetary donations, specific instructions for where and how to make monetary donations will be provided through this channel.
  • The Texas Club has already established donation points across campus for non-perishable food items, new clothing, and new household items.
  • As specific needs are determined, we will coordinate donations. Your donations will be critical in supporting our long-term response effort.
  1. Will there be a blood drive to assist the areas that were impacted by the hurricanes?
  • We are working with the Red Cross on the possibility of designating a blood drive to benefit hurricane impacted areas.
  1. How can I get involved with the relief efforts?
  • Email the Office of the Dean of the Chapel at chapel@howard.edu  or (202) 806-7280 and indicate your desire to assist as a donor or volunteer.  You will be contacted as needs arise.
  • Community members with resources or connections in the affected areas are also asked to contact the Chapel office. 

Excellence in Truth and Service,
 
Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA
President