Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Gallaudet Responds to Hurricane Katrina Tragedy

Gallaudet Responds to Hurricane Katrina Tragedy

A message from I. King Jordan, President, Jane K. Fernandes, Provost, Paul Kelly, Vice President, and members of the Crisis Management Team

The Gallaudet University community was shocked and saddened at the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina to the citizens of the Gulf States. The continuing tragedy in the south points to a very significant fault line in American society. We recall the significant reflection that took place on campus as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and we believe the same level of reflection should be brought to bear in response to the current national tragedy. As we watch events unfold before us on television, in the media and through personal stories, a palpable racial and class divide, one that no doubt exists in many major American cities, is evident. As a community of scholars, we challenge students, staff, teachers and faculty to embrace this important educational opportunity for discussion and analysis of American society, as much as we may wish it was not there.

Our hearts go out to all victims of what we now realize is the largest displacement of people in our country since the Civil War. Because of our unique mission, Gallaudet University’s immediate response is directed primarily at deaf and hard of hearing people living in storm-affected area.

Welcoming Hurricane Displaced Students

Gallaudet opens its doors to deaf, hard of hearing and hearing undergraduate and graduate students who were attending a college or university now closed due to Hurricane Katrina. Those students may enroll either on a visiting student basis or as a full-time transfer student to Gallaudet. As this is being written, our Admissions Office is hard at work making plans for a deaf college student from New Orleans to transfer here. We are also open to deaf and hard of hearing students displaced from elementary or secondary schools.

Undergraduate students, please contact:
(202) 651-5114 (tty)
(202) 651-5750 (voice)
(202) 651-5744 (fax)
(800) 995-0550 (tty/voice)

Graduate students, please contact:
(202) 651-5400 (tty/voice)

Deaf or hard of hearing elementary and secondary school students, please contact:
(202) 651-5397 (tty/voice)

Housing and financial assistance is available on a case-by-case basis.

Welcoming Deaf Community members displaced by the Hurricane

The University is working with the Louisiana School for the Deaf and the Mississippi School for the Deaf to help deaf community members displaced by the storm find food and shelter, including on campus.

Gallaudet University Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund

The University has established a special fund to support relief efforts for the deaf and hard of hearing community in the storm-affected area, including especially the Louisiana School for the Deaf and the Mississippi School for the Deaf.

Contributions to the fund should be sent to:
The Office of Development
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Checks should be payable to: Gallaudet University/Hurricane Relief Fund

Counseling Services

The Mental Health Center is prepared to offer services to displaced students, as well as current Gallaudet students, faculty, teachers or staff who have family and friends in the hurricane-ravaged areas. Contact the center at (202) 651-6080.