CUNY colleges help those hit by natural disasters

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Campuses of The City University of New York are mobilizing to aid the millions of people devastated by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria and by the two earthquakes in Mexico.

At Bronx Community College, a fundraising drive runs through Oct. 6 and a campaign to collect toiletries goes until Oct. 20. Personal counseling for those affected will last through the entire school year.

At City Tech, the Student Government Association has responded to fundraising requests for help from three Houston colleges that Hurricane Harvey left, quite literally, under water: Houston Community College, Rice University and Texas Southern University http://tsu.thankyou4caring.org/tsucares). The City Tech campus counseling center has scheduled group sessions for students affected by either this unprecedented string of natural disasters or the stresses caused by the federal threat to students who had been protected by DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. In addition, the campus human relations office is reaching out to faculty and staff affected, to provide details about CUNY’s employee counseling service.

At Hostos Community College, where almost 60 percent of the student body comes from the Caribbean and Latin America, representatives of the president’s office had planned to meet with community leaders and longtime partners on Friday to shape a response.

At Medgar Evers College – where approximately 25 percent of students are foreign-born and many U.S.-born students have Caribbean parents and extended family in places like Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and Puerto Rico – efforts are under way to help the millions across the Caribbean, Texas and Florida who are recovering from the recent catastrophic hurricanes. The college has established a Hurricane Relief Account that will allow donations to be made through the Bursar’s Office. The college will make donations only to reputable charities that it deems best suited to get the aid directly to affected families.

At York College, students and staff are donating to the York College Auxiliary – Disaster Relief Fund to channel money to relief agencies. Its counseling center is open to those who need support.

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