New York, NY – The State University of New York made a significant, long-term commitment to assist in Haiti’s recovery from the
devastating earthquake that struck on January 12, 2010. Today, Chancellor Nancy
L. Zimpher and the State University of New York’s Board of Trustees passed the Haiti
Earthquake Emergency Response Resolution
establishing a tuition fund that will allow the nearly 60 SUNY students who are
Haitian nationals, to attend SUNY at resident tuition rates through spring
devastating earthquake in Haiti left millions displaced and homeless. In recognition
of this crisis, the U.S. government has enabled Haitian nationals who are in
the United States to study, work, visit or otherwise to extend their stays and
to receive the benefits of Temporary Protected Status.
happy to provide our Haitian students financial aid in the aftermath of the
devastating earthquake,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “SUNY campuses have been
taking action to assist their Haitian students and we hope that our coordinated
efforts will help our students and the people of Haiti they rebuild their
A number of
SUNY campuses have students who are Haitian nationals and who have been
displaced as a result of the earthquake. Because these students cannot return
to their country SUNY will provide them with temporary resident status which
will allow them to take advantage of the resident tuition.
campuses (four state-operated and five community colleges) are currently
enrolling Haitian students and the financial impact will vary by campus. It
will range from $8,000 for one student at a state-operated campus, to $39,500
at the University at Buffalo and $47,400 at Stony Brook University – schools
with more Haitian national students.
System Administration and each SUNY institution quickly assessed the size and
immediate needs of the SUNY Haitian community,” said Mitch Leventhal, Vice
Chancellor for Global Affairs. “We immediately focused on our first
obligation, to do all that we can to support our current students of Haitian
origin, many of whom suffered significant personal or family loss.”
Haiti: Together We Can Help
set up a website called “Haiti: Together We Can
Help.” The site serves to communicate vital information and to involve the
university community and alumni who are interested in assisting. It will also
be a hub for fundraising efforts and donation collection.
made significant strides in outreach to Haitian students since the January
- Funds were
raised to support scholarships for currently-enrolled students of Haitian
origin at the University at Albany and University at Buffalo;
for Haitian students to study at SUNY were made available at Alfred, Cortland, Fredonia, Delhi and Genesee Community College;
at SUNY-Canton been developed with a college in Haiti to develop a (dual
degree) program to train students in Haiti.
of specialized courses or certificate programs at SUNY ESF (land surveying
or forest technology), Cobleskill, and Oswego (Ethnocultural Aspects of
learning assistance is underway at Empire State, the SUNY Learning Network
To see what
SUNY schools are doing with regard to earthquake relief, go to: www.suny.edu/internationalprograms/HaitiContact.cfm
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