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Student Organizations Help with Flooding in Pakistan

08/23/2010

From the Student Activities Office

As you anticipate your return to campus, I’m sure that you have been following reports about the devastating flooding in Pakistan.


Our community of student organizations often responds to world crises by sponsoring rallies, relief efforts, programs, teach-ins, and the like.  Coordination of such efforts is crucial in order to enable groups to collaborate with each other, avoid duplication of efforts and event date conflicts, share resources and so on.

If your organization is planning any disaster relief efforts or activities upon your return, please keep the Student Activities Office informed by completing a Use of University Property form at http://www.activities.cornell.edu/eventreg with as much advance notice as possible.  Staff in SAO are available to consult with you about your efforts as is the Events Management Planning Team. Call 255-4169 or 255-3513 for assistance.  Please note that our office will make an effort to put like-minded organizations in touch with each other in hopes of maximizing opportunities for collaboration between organizations and minimizing duplication of efforts and so on.

On a related note, I realize that some members of our campus community may be personally impacted by this tragic event.  Please help us spread the word that support services are available on campus from a variety of sources including:

  • Counseling and Psychological Services offers individual counseling.
  • The Office of the Dean of Students has a crisis manager on call 24/7 for those in need and also sponsors community support meetings for groups of students, staff and faculty members impacted by crises.
  • Residential Programs staff in the residence halls can provide a listening ear and referral for those impacted by crises.
  • The International Students and Scholars Office has staff members ready to assist our colleagues who join us from the international community.
  • Cornell United Religious Work have clergy from a wide range of religious affiliations available to assist those seeking support.
  • EARS (Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service) will re-open on August 30th from 3:00 – 11:00 pm.  For more information on EARS, call 255-EARS (3277) or 254-8598.  EARS is located in room 213 Willard Straight Hall, and will have walk in hours and call in hours for those in need.

Thanks in advance for your activism, compassion and support.

Sincerely,


Catherine Holmes
Associate Dean of Students for Student Activities
cah4@cornell.edu

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