On Thursday, January 21, 2010, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) hosted “Decoding Disaster: Understanding the Haiti Earthquake of 2010”, a campus-community forum. The evening began with an academic discussion on the historical, political, cultural, environmental, and economic realities in Haiti, both pre- and post-earthquake. Later a number of people in the university’s Haitian-American community spoke of their personal experiences in the United States and the earthquake in Haiti.
The evening concluded with a call to action in which various student and community groups announced their fundraising efforts to support Haiti. Bradley Levinson, Director of CLACS, announced that Indiana University has secured a freight liner that will ship supplies to Haiti.
Chantal St. Louis, a Haitian-American first-year student from the Kelley School of Business announced a fundraising event to be held on February 19, 2010. The event is a Carnival celebration organized by several Kelley organizations: Black MBA, Latin MBA, Jewish MBA, Net Impact, and the International Business Society.
In addition to showcasing various cultures that embrace Carnival, the event will be used as an opportunity to create cultural awareness of Haiti and raise funds for Partners in Health, a nonprofit organization that provides health services to the poor in Haiti as well as a number of other countries.
Also representing the Kelley School of Business at this event were Sarrona Clardy, president, Black MBA; Vadim Hunte, president, Christian MBA Association; and Jason Allababidi, Diversity Council member.
*Photo caption: Haitian-American graduate student David Tezil speaks at a public forum in Alumni Hall. The forum was titled 'Decoding Disaster: Understanding the Haiti Earthquake of 2010.' Credit: Alex Benson for the Indiana Daily Student. Read the Indiana Daily Student's coverage of the forum here.