FIU's Haiti Initiative: Doing Our Part


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FIU's Haiti Initiative: Doing Our Part FIU's Sustained Response in Haiti: A Report of FIU's Activities
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1 Table of Contents: Introduction ...............................2 Arts & Culture ............................4 Education ..................................5 Fundraising ................................6 Legal Services ...........................8 Local Impact ..............................8 Medicine ..................................11 Rebuilding ...............................11 Research .................................13 Volunteers ................................15 One Year Later .........................16 Conclusion ..............................16 Task Force Members ...............17 External Contributors ..............17 Contacts ..................................18Produced by the Division of External Relations Design by Aileen Sol-Trautmann Editorial by Desiree M. Rodriguez Wagler Vital (b. 1950) Country Scene n.d. Oil on canvas 25.5 inches x 33 inches


2 INTRODUCTION Recognizing the devastation of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Florida International University (FIU) has committed to helping the Haitian nation rebuild its educational infrastructure, protect its patrimony, and improve the quality of life for its people by addressing pivotal social, health and economic development needs. FIU will continue to leverage its strengths through various professional schools to reconstitute and enhance Haitis educational programs and serve as a driving force for economic development in Haiti. FIU is also committed to assisting its students, faculty and sta with ties to Haiti who are experiencing hardship as a result of the earthquake. rough numerous initiatives in arts and culture, education, fundraising, the local community, legal services, medicine, rebuilding, research and volunteering, FIU is deeply invested in the long term recovery of the Haitian people, both locally and abroad. e FIU community is proud to support the Haitian nation as it rebuilds and strives to improve the quality of life of its people. Some of the highlights from our activities include: • Taken leadership role in an international initiative to save Haitian patrimony through the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC). e Protecting Haitian Patrimony (PHP) initiative supports Haitis libraries in recovering and protecting their valuable historical and cultural resources. • Partnered with the University of Haiti through the development of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is partnership enables FIU to assist in re-developing the curriculum for the institution by harnessing the knowledge and skills of FIUs faculty, sta and students. Wagler Vital (b. 1950) Fishing Boats n.d. Oil on canvas 25.5 inches x 33.5 inches


3 • Raised over $100,000 for Haiti related initiatives including the preparation of medical kits with vaccines and supplies necessary for working in disaster zones. • Exposed over 1,900 people in the community to discussions of the countrys economic, political, and social reconstruction, as well as its cultural preservation and public health issues through Teach-Ins and public lectures including a lecture with the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Kenneth Merten. • Received Federal funding for four research projects that will address some of the critical medical and mental health needs confronting residents of Haiti and the Haitian community in Miami in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake including: o Public Administration is working on an initiative to measure the emotional stresses of relief and early recovery workers in Haiti and to determine any long term consequences of such work; o Social Work through Operation Help Haiti at Home is assisting community-based agencies here that are working with Haitians in South Florida and in Haiti; o Nursing and Health Sciences is working on a project involving the rehabilitation of amputees; o e College of Medicine will extend the new NeighborhoodHELP’ program to include Little Haiti neighborhood in Miami, Florida. As you can see, throughout FIU, numerous departments continue to identify and harness the knowledge and skills of faculty, sta and students to address the medical, infrastructure, legal and other relief and recovery needs for Haiti. FIU has also maintained its commitment to assisting our Haitian students, faculty and sta Additional information on all Haiti related activities can be found at http://news. uhaiti/. For a listing of our Haitian experts along with media coverage received by FIU, please visit http://news. uhaiti//experts/ We welcome your comments and ideas as we continue to assist in this important endeavor. Sincerely, Mark B. Rosenberg Sandra Gonzalez-Levy President Senior Vice President, External Relations Florida International University Chair, FIU Haiti Task Force


4 FIUs Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, under the direction of Professor Carol Damian, hosted an exhibition titled ŽTapTap: Celebrating the Art of HaitiŽ from May 26 to September 5, 2010. For more than 50 years, the art of Haiti has been celebrated. is exhibition, an expression of joie de vivre was born with the realization that Haiti had lost so much of its cultural patrimony and that the Museum had numerous examples of work by entire generations of Haitian artists. FIU embarked on a very special project: to have an exhibition of some of our works (a small percentage of FIUs holdings) in preparation for their return to Haiti when the time is right. e FIU Libraries and the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), under the direction of Dean Laura Probst, are leading the Protecting Haitian Patrimony (PHP) Initiative is is an international initiative to support Haitis libraries in recovering and protecting their valuable historical and cultural resources. In February and June, dLOC coordinator, Brooke Wooldridge, traveled to Haiti to assist the libraries and archives in planning the next phase of recovery. e Initiative is working to raise awareness, nancial resources and in-kind donations, and to partner with the Haitian libraries on grants to further strengthen the collections. ePHP Initiatives goals are to encourage collaboration, coordinate technical and in-kind assistance and raise money to support recovery and preservation projects in Haiti. Computers donated by FIUs College of Business Administration and other units are being used for cataloging materials for the libraries and archives, digitization projectsand for public access to the computers and Internet. e team has made signi cant progress and continues to work to repair facilities, restore the collections, and work to reopen to the public. e Initiative continues to grow strong and deliver results with the support of many individuals, institutions and professional associations. PHP has raised more than $9,000 which has been allocated to coveremergency supplies, compensation for food for volunteers helping to recover documents immediately after the earthquake, repairs to shelving and shipping costs for in-kind donations. e emergency protection of many collections has been achieved and the real preservation work is just beginning. New needs for preservation supplies and training are becoming more concrete, and it is vital that thePHP continue to raise monetary, in-kind and technical assistance for the libraries and archives. Additionally, LACC (the Latin American and Caribbean Center) launched the rst phase of its dLOC Digital Art Archive Initiative in the Fall of 2010. is project provides funding to develop digital content holdings for dLOC in the area of the arts, while promoting Haitian Creole language. e equipment has been purchased and interviews will commence in Spring, 2011. ARTS AND CULTURE Yvens Leger Tap-Tap ca. 1983, Papier-mch, 20 x 30 x 5 1/2Ž Wagler Vital (b. 1950), Country Scene n.d., Oil on canvas, 25.5Ž x 33Ž Lionel Simonis Tap-Tap Patience 1982, Papier-mch, 21 x 24 x 4 1/2Ž Wagler Vital (b. 1950), Fishing Boats n.d., Oil on canvas, 25.5Ž x 33.5Ž


5 e School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) assisted the Consul General of Haiti with strategic communication through the e orts of a writing and media relations team of volunteer students. e School is currently seeking funding to develop and expand a pilot program to use ipcams and blogging to document life after the earthquake both in Haiti and the Haitian community in Miami through digital storytelling and to provide strategic communication skills to Haitian college students entering or returning to the job marketplace. In summer 2010, the SJMC donated more than 50 textbooks and novels to those a ected by the storm in Haiti and in the local South Florida Haitian community. FIUs College of Architecture and the Arts is supporting an art project proposed by artist Antuan, in collaboration with Fundacion Manos del Sur and Step by Step Foundation to create classrooms for children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. e team is working with LAthletique DHaiti (LADH) which served as an after school sports program before the earthquake and is now serving more than 2,200 families who are currently residing on their elds. e project brings ten international artists to work on one tent each, sharing their perspective of Haiti and using the tents as a canvas. Models of the tents where exhibited at FIUs Frost Art Museum in December, 2010 and the ten actual tents where exhibited in January, 2011 on the FIU campus. Quickly after the exhibition at FIU, the tents will be transported to Haiti and serve as new classrooms for these children lacking educational centers. EDUCATION FIU welcomed University of Haiti (UEH) Recteur Jean Vernet Henry and Vice-Recteur Wilson Laleau to the February 23, 2010 meeting of our task force. is visit resulted in the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Haiti to ensure successful execution of a sustained e ort. Pre-dating this MOU with UEH, an agreement signed in 2009 between the Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work and the Groupe Haitien dEtude du Sarcome de Kaposi et des Infections Opportunistes Centers set the framework for collaboration in public health, training and research which will now also extend to this commitment to the University of Haiti. e University has begun identifying opportunities for collaboration: • FIUs University Libraries are working with local vendors of online database and e-journal content to provide free access to library resources for UEH and leading an international initiative to save Haitian patrimony through the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC). e UEH community will connect to these resources through the servers and network maintained by the FIU Libraries. • FIUs College of Business Administration will provide services for smalland medium-size enterprises in Haiti. Assistance will be provided via market research and training (through webinars which will be translated to Creole) on how to develop entrepreneurial skills, business plans, marketing and nancing. • Paula Gillespie, Director for Center for Excellence in Writing in the Department of English, proposed to o er online tutoring in English for the University of Haiti. Tent by Edouard Duval Carrie


6 e program would also include a tutor training program enabling UEH students to become peer tutors. • FIUs University Graduate School will also work with UEH to assist students with a bachelors degree from UEH, who are Haitian citizens on an F-1 or J-1 student visa or in Temporary Protected Status, apply to FIUs graduate programs Support includes fee waivers, discounted translation services, conditional admission, and assistance with promoting the hiring of these students as Graduate Assistants. • Professor of Earth Sciences and Geologist, Florentin J. Maurrasse, in FIUs College of Arts & Sciences is working with the UEH to help reconstitute their geology program in light of the dire need to have trained professionals in this eld. is collaboration includes advising UEH on organizing the structure for the program and identifying possible partnerships with U.S. Universities. He is also assisting UEH to rebuild the Universitys library particularly through donations of publications from U.S. and foreign geologist colleagues, scientists of di erent elds and other professional organizations that can contribute their surplus materials. Finally, Professor Maurrasse is helping UEH to assess the proposed site for rebuilding the campus facilities to determine its geologic safety is summer, FIUs LACC hosted one of the largest Haitian Summer Institutes since the program began in 1997. is years program featured intensive Haitian Creole language training at the basic, intermediate and advanced levels. Daily Creole classes were supplemented with a number of guest lecturers in Creole on Haitian religion, history, education, psychology, international relations, folklore, visual arts and dance. A number of the participants in the six-week program were professionals who completed the program and headed directly to Haiti for relief and reconstruction work. LACC will also be launching its Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL) Training Seminar to help coach faculty from other National Resource Centers on integrating technology into the teaching of Haitian Creole LACC will provide travel funding for FIUs Nicolas Andre, Adjunct Professor of Modern Languages, so that he may receive training in support of LACC becoming a testing center for an o cial Haitian Creole pro ciency exam. e projects are co-sponsored with the University of Miami. LACC is hosting University of Haiti professor Watson Denis as a visiting professor for Summer 2010 … Spring 2011. Denis is a scholar of Haitian thought, international relations and Caribbean history. While at FIU, he is continuing his research on earthquakes in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and their impact on education, economic development and decentralization. He is also serving as an advisor to FIU students working on Haiti and supporting Haiti-related LACC initiatives, including helping LACC strengthen it partnerships in Haiti and the diaspora. FUNDRAISING e following fundraising initiatives are currently being implemented to assist with relief e orts: • e Batchelor Foundation donated $50,000 in support of FIUs recovery e orts in Haiti directed toward healthcare initiatives. • A student support fund has been created to secure donations from FIU students through a campaign with the Student Government Association. If every student donates $1, the campaign could raise up to $40,000 for Haiti relief e orts. FIU also obtained commitment from Columbus Network, a ber optics company with businesses in the Caribbean, to match each dollar donated, up to $25,000. • e YUPA! (Young Urban Professional Alumni!) group hosted a Zumba fundraising event Saturday,


7 February 20. More than 100 FIU alumni came together to raise more than $1,000 in support of FIUs Haiti relief e orts. • e South Beach Wine and Food Festival organized Haiti fundraisers during their February 2010 event, raising $41,000 for Partners in Health, one of the leading non-pro t organizations combating disease and poverty in Haiti. • FIUs Sta Senate, in collaboration with the Haiti Relief Task Force, hosted  e Magic of Summer ShowŽ to raise awareness and funds for FIUs Haiti relief e orts. e Show garnered nationally renowned magicians and provided entertainment to the FIU community raising over $600. • eater students who manage FIUs Summer Alternative eater Festival contributed one dollar of every ticket sold during the eater Festival to FIUs Haiti Relief Fund. During the summer of 2010, they raised over $600 to support FIUs Haiti relief e orts. ey continue to provide assistance to the Task Force by donating the proceeds from their December, 2010 performances of e Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol towards these e orts. • e dLOC will be hosting a Haitian Library Bene t in Miami in February, 2011 to raise support for the Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative to meet the needs of the libraries and archives in Haiti. FIUs Young Urban Professional Alumni (YUPA) group hosted a Zumba fundraising event. Student Government Association (SGA) MMC Vice President Nick Autiello, SGA MMC President Helena Ramirez, Columbus Networks President and COO Paul Scott and SGA BBC President Christin CiciŽ Battle, launched the $1 per student fundraising campaign.


8 • National Pan-Hellenic Council at FIU, with collaborative e orts from the Black Student Union and Haitian Student Organization continue fund raising, increasing awareness, and collecting donations of essential items for the people of Haiti. ey are determined to continue this outreach to those a ected by the earthquake here at FIU, as well as those still struggling in Haiti. is group of students is coordinating a Step Show in March, 2011 to raise funds for FIUs Haiti relief e orts. LEGAL SERVICES FIUs College of Law continues to service those in need of applying for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Students from the College participated in an alternative spring break experience organized by the law schools at Florida International University and the University of Miami to help Haitians in South Florida apply for temporary protected status (TPS) and other immigration relief. FIU law students, who have sta ed TPS clinics since Haitians were rst granted the status, are providing ongoing technical expertise and support. In addition, the FIU law clinic is providing logistics support for the visiting students, including translator training and coordination. Over 200 Haitians have been serviced by FIU students since the earthquake. LOCAL IMPACT On January 20, 2010 FIU students, faculty and sta gathered to show solidarity with the victims of the tragedy in Haiti. During the day-long commemoration titled Haiti: Doing our Part,Ž attendees sang, prayed and consoled those who had lost loved ones in the earthquake. e student leaders from the Black Student Union, Haitian Student Organization, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Multi-faith Council, Student Government Association and Campus Life joined forces to coordinate this event which included a mass, a balloon release and a candlelight vigil. FIUs leadership has reached out to about 600 students and 100 faculty and sta who were born in Haiti or are of Haitian descent to let them know we understand the impact that this event has had on them and their families and to o er support. Our TLC Brigade, through the Division of Human Resources, has reached out to employees and alumni to o er any assistance the university can provide. e university is also working with students who have been a ected by the earthquake to help them meet their nancial obligations. e Institute of International Education (IIE) noti ed FIU that four of the ve FIU international students nominated for the Haiti Emergency Assitance for Students grant have been selected to receive funds. Two students were awarded the maximum amount of $2,000 each while the other two students were awarded $1,000 each. IIE continues to work with donors to secure additional funds to assist those students who were not awarded at this time. e College of Education assisted the Miami-Dade County school district in helping Haitian children who relocate to South Florida cope with the trauma of the event. FIU students tutored displaced children in several local schools during the spring semester and o ered to expand this program as needed. e University has hosted a series of public lectures since the earthquake to address various topics of concern regarding Haitis recovery and reconstruction. TPS training was held at FIUs College of Law.


9 • FIUs School of International and Public A airs, in conjunction with the Latin American and Caribbean Center, has hosted two teach-ins (January 16 and March 6) with more than 400 in attendance, on the crisis in Haiti. Each included discussions of the countrys economic, political, and social reconstruction, as well as its cultural preservation and public health issues. • On March 10, the School of International and Public A airs, in conjunction with the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship Studies, provided a presentation by Edwin Paraison, Minister of Haitians Living Abroad, titled  e Role of HaitianAmerican Students in the Reconstruction of HaitiŽ at the Biscayne Bay Campus. • On March 22, the Department of Modern Languages hosted a seminar on the roles of Creole and French in the reconstruction of Haiti with Dr. Albert Valdman, Director of the Creole Institute at Indiana University. • On April 16, representatives from FIU served on a panel discussion concerning Haitis history and the preservation of its heritage titled, Haiti Past and PresentŽ A Community Forum Presenters included Dr. Chantalle Verna, assistant professor of history at FIU, Brooke Wooldridge, project coordinator of the Protecting Haitian Patrimony Project at FIU and the dLOC, and Adam Silva, doctoral student specializing in 20th century Haitian political economy and history at FIU. • FIU hosted the Honorable Kenneth Merten, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, for a lecture titled Mission to Haiti: e Role of the U.S. to ReconstructionŽ on September 13. During his visit, the Ambassador toured the Frost Art Museum, and spoke with about two dozen students regarding careers in the Foreign FIU students, faculty and staff came together on January 20, 2010 for a day-long commemoration for Haiti. The days events con cluded with a candlelight vigil.


10 Service. He has committed to returning to FIU and has o ered to receive any representatives from FIU who travel to Haiti. • On October 15, FIUs African & African Diaspora Studies Program hosted the 12th Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture titled,  e Renaissance of Haiti: A Template for Caribbean Integration.Ž Former Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson, the Caribbean Communitys (CARICOM) Special Representative on Haitis Reconstruction was the featured speaker who addressed critical issues pertaining to Haitis rebirth and the special responsibility ofmetropolitan countries to ensure it. • FIUs School of International and Public A airs, in conjunction with LACC continues to host events for the community related to Haiti including: • Mission to Haiti: Israels Relief E orts after the Earthquake With Ambassador Danny Biran, Head of Israels Advance Team to Haiti on November 4, 2010. • Haiti and Her Diaspora: e Politics of Aesthetics and the Aesthetics of Politics on November 5, 2010. Professor of earth sciences and geologist Florentin J. Maurrasse has been interviewed on several radio shows in Miami and in Haiti regarding the cause of the earthquake and any future potential threats. He has explained to concerned Haitians the geologic situation in Haiti and what they should expect and prepare for while clarifying concerns about an imminent major earthquake. FIU serves on the Miami-Dade County Community Council called An n Avanse … Lets Move Forward Coalition Council e Council was created through the e orts of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Beacon Council and United Way of Miami-Dade to facilitate communication and collaboration that will forward the healing and recovery of the Haitian people in South Florida and Haiti. is Council serves as a clearinghouse for services available to Haitians living in South Florida. FIU has partnered with ENLACE Florida (Florida College Access Network) to serve the Little Haiti community by FIU hosted lecture with US Ambassador to Haiti, Kenneth Merten. The FIU community came together to discuss the role of the US in Haitis reconstruction.


11 engaging and empowering Haitian-American students and their families in the pursuit of a college education is partnership o ers resources, sta training and tools to Miami Edison Senior High, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center, the Haitian American Scholarship Fund and Notre Dame DHaiti Catholic Church. e program is designed to cultivate a college-going culture and build the capacity of local youthserving organizations to deliver college-access programming. MEDICINE e Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences are registered to deploy to Haiti in conjunction with the State University System ey also prepared kits that can support personnel in Haiti to provide essential services to the population. ese include vaccines, doctor kits speci c to working in disaster zones and earthquake kits is group of physicians, nurses and professionals has also registered with the United Nations Health Cluster the governing international relief agency, to be able to provide primary and specialized care FIU faculty member, Dr. Pilar Martin, has made numerous trips to Haiti, where she has a longstanding relationship with Rose-Mina de Diegue Orphanage in Port Au Prince While there, Dr. Martin has provided medical care in orphanages, tent cities and at various clinics. During her trip in July, she and her team saw over 400 patients in four days. In collaboration with Haitis General Hospital and other institutions in Haiti, Dr. Martin continues to work on addressing medical issues including congenital malformations, lead poisoning, cholera and overall health care policy in Haiti. College of Medicine faculty, under the auspices of Miami Childrens Hospital, led by FIU surgery professor Dr. Chad Perlin, organized a group of physicians who also provided medical care to children in Haiti in the weeks after the earthquake Our interim Dean for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Sharon Pontious, is a member of the Advisory Board to the Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA). is group has provided emergency services including support of an Episcopalian School of Nursing in Leogane. More than 40 members of this group, many of whom are FIU alumni, went to Haiti several times in the weeks immediately following the earthquake. Dr. Pontious is working with the Association on solidifying collaborative e orts through a sustained partnership. HANA will be included in FIUs medical response team when the State University System gives the approval to deploy. REBUILDING During the spring semester, FIUs College of Architecture and the Arts teamed up with Architecture for Humanity, a non-pro t organization, to assist with Haitis reconstruction. Ten graduate and undergraduate students participated in the design and planning of earthquake-resistant housing and schools providing construction expertise. FIU faculty member, Dr. Pilar Martin and her team provided medical care to hundreds of patients in Haiti.


12 Eventually, students will be able to participate in on-site design/build construction projects. e project and the partnership is planned to continue as long as the hardship and the need exists. Students will receive internship credit while they work on projects that will help in the rebuilding of Haitis devastated infrastructure. Dr. Sylvan Jolibois, from the College of Engineering and Computing, served on the Earthquake Engineering Research Institutes eld reconnaissance team in Haiti which included representatives from several universities and consulting engineering rms. e College of Engineering and Computing has also identi ed a number of students who are quali ed Haitian-American, Creole and/or French speaking engineers (civil/industrial/mechanical/electrical), planners, and construction managers to support a major Federal contractor and global provider of engineering, planning and disaster response services working in Haiti. Dr. Yong Tao, former FIU professor of mechanical and materials engineering, had the opportunity to travel to Haiti in April through the sponsorship of a local entrepreneur who requested his assistance to inspect a damaged hospital, CDTI hospital, provide expert opinion along with registered practicing engineers, and discuss a local reconstruction project where the reconstructed homes will have solar panels and integrated water systems. Dr. Tao was also instrumental in working with a group of students to test a solar powered medical clinic at FIUs Engineering Campus which was transported to Haiti is now located in one of the camps. Professor of earth sciences and geologist Florentin J. Maurrasse is working on a long-term initiative with the government of Haiti to help develop a geologic knowledgebase system of risk maps that will provide multi-risk zones in the country. is request supports Professor Maurrasses work with the Bureau of Mines and Energy (BME) who has FIUs College of Business Administration hosted Digicels Entrepreneurship conference in November, 2010 to provide leadership d evelopment opportunities to 24 CEOs and entrepreneurs from Haiti.


13 requested a reorganization plan. In collaboration with UEH, the BME will focus on updating and making small-scale geologic maps of critical areas of high population density in order to inform about geologic risks associated with these areas and how to best mitigate the e ects of natural hazards to be expected. Given the geologic complexity of Haiti … it is transected by numerous dangerous fault lines the long-term objective will be to cover the entire country. Professor Maurrasse has also been providing geologic information to numerous private individuals, non-pro t and commercial organizations on the geologic safety of areas in Haiti. ese inquiries are coming from concerned individuals, scientists and contractors working or planning to work on recovery and rebuilding plans in Haiti. e January 12 earthquake has brought a heightened sense to the importance of the geology of Haiti and its related complexity to plate tectonics Professor Maurrasse is also providing proper geologic information to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). e SFWMD is working to install freshwater supply wells for orphanages in the towns of Leogane, Carrefour, and Gonaives and will use Professor Maurrasses information to determine suitable sites for the water wells Professor Jerry Haar of the College of Business Administration worked with a nine-person Master of International Business (MIB) project team to identify 5 Haitian industries that have great prospects for increasing exports In addition to assessing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to these industries, given the current economic, nancial and regulatory environment in Haiti, the student team has been identifying wholesalers and retailers across the United States in these 5 product categories that may be interested in importing from Haiti. By conducting focused, telephone interviews with these prospective importers, the student teams will garner detailed information, in addition to company/person contact information, that will be shared with small and medium-size Haitian producers of these products. e second phase of this project involves travel to Haiti to meet with, counsel and assist 10 companies Two best practiceŽ businesses in each of the 5 categories will be selected to take advantage of the export opportunities the student team has identi ed. e team is being assisted by Mr. Mathias Pierre, a highly accomplished Haitian entrepreneur, who is a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti. e students will also be coordinating with USAID in Port au Prince. In addition to assessing the 10 rms through a readiness indicator developed by the team, the students will explore the feasibility of the development of online catalogues and search optimization for the rms to enhance the marketing and sales of their products. FIUs College of Business Administration was selected to serve as the host institution for a three-day retreat in November 2010 for 24 CEOs and entrepreneurs from Haiti with Digicel, the largest mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean. e seminar was organized around a series of topics that are critical to the success of new entrepreneurial rms, particularly those in an unstable and uncertain environment. is leadership development conference provided a combination of academic presentations by faculty with signi cant business expertise and discussion sessions run by seasoned entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to bring an ideal mixture of concepts and practical examples to the audience. e events included a recognition dinner sponsored by the Green Family Foundation with ambassador Steven Green and his family in attendance. RESEARCH e O ce of Research continues to explore ways to provide assistance to Haiti through existing programs and contracts that various professors and colleges at FIU have. Professors have applied for additional grants and contracts to assist in relief and recovery e orts. FIUs Center for Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS Research on Latinos in the United States (CRUSADA), directed by Dr. Mario De la Rosa, professor in the School of Social Work, has received supplemental funds


14 from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) for four research projects that will address some of the critical medical and mental health needs confronting residents of Haiti and the Haitian community in Miami in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. e four approved proposals include: Public Administration is working on an initiative to measure the emotional stresses of relief and early recovery workers in Haiti; Social Work through Operation Help Haiti at Home is assisting community-based agencies here that are working with Haitians in South Florida and in Haiti; Nursing and Health Sciences is working on a project involving rehabilitation of amputees; and the College of Medicine has extended the new NeighborhoodHELP’ program to include Little Haiti neighborhood. Dr. Emel Ganapati, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration, was recently awarded an NSF research grant in the amount of $45,441 for a project titled Re-Housing Urban Haiti After the Earthquake: e Role of Social Capital.Ž e objective of the research is to: (1) Document the preand post-disaster social capital in three diverse Port-au-Prince communities; (2) Document the housing recovery process in three selected Port-au-Prince communities; and (3) Assess the impact of preand postdisaster social capital on the speed and quality of housing recovery in these communities. e selected communities are Ptionville (a high-income area), Delmas (a middle-income area), and Canap Vert (mainly a squatter area). Professor of earth sciences and geologist Florentin J. Maurrasse worked with the Bureau of Mines and Energy, the University of Haiti and Columbia (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) to submit a grant proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF). e goal of the project is to complete detailed seismic surveys in the Gulf of Port-auPrince in order to assess the exact position of faults that may be the cause of serious risks to the populated areas in case of future earthquakes. e project will also prepare Haitian professionals and provide training to graduate students in the eld of seismology. On April 16, President Bill Clinton highlighted FIU students commitment to actionduring the opening plenary session of the third annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) at theUniversityofMiami. e commitment, Rasin Lavil Bay Lavi is a collaborative project proposed by FIU graduate student Ann Marie Warmenhoven and Camille Kremer, aUniversityofMiamigraduate student. e project was highlighted by President Clinton as an exemplary approach to addressing a speci c global challengeŽ. Rasin Lavil Bay Lavi, Haitian Creole for Urban Roots Give Life, connects a Haitian community with training, technology, and tools to create small-scale urban gardens.Warmenhoven, a graduate student in LACCs M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies program, came up with the idea of expanding urban agriculture in Haiti during the course of her Masters research on Haitis agricultural and food systems. rough research, fundraising, and community education, the project will work to expand one pilot garden into 10 multiple family plots within one year. Our Federal Relations o ce in Washington, D.C. coordinated FIU visits with agencies, international organizations and foundations to identify possible opportunities for collaboration. Additionally, the o ce has been monitoring the Presidents Haiti Relief Supplemental Bill, which should infuse the Department of State and other international relief organizations with additional resources. Meetings held on FIUs behalf included the U.S. Agency for International Development, Organization of American States, Pan American Health Organization and the InterAmerican Development Bank. Early on, this was to advise them of the breadth of FIUs response, and speci c interest in the University of Haitis rebuilding e orts. Potential opportunities were outlined which included developing a proposal for funding an Emergency Scholarship Program for the University of Haiti through the Organization of American States. Meetings with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative resulted in FIU President Dr. Mark Rosenbergs participation in the convening of American and Haitian University presidents in Miami on April 17.


15 VOLUNTEERS FIU has developed a Creole-speaking volunteer database of more than 261 individuals from around South Florida. e volunteers have been activated with numerous internal and external requests. Some of these include an urgent request for 70 volunteers to serve as translators during on-going Temporary Protected Status (TPS) clinics yielded 35 translators in two days. Another request supported St. omas Universitys e orts during their on-going TPS clinics. Associate Professor Leonard Elbaum in the Department of Physical erapy is working with the International Society of Prosthetists and Orthotists, who is actively supporting volunteer prosthetists with many organizations on the ground in Haiti. ey requested assistance with translating a number of educational materials to be used to train local craftsmen and women and/or technicians to help fabricate and deliver prosthetic devices. Twelve volunteers from the database quickly responded to the need and have translated these documents. Another request provided an opportunity to showcase Haitian artists who sold their art at Macys Heart of Haiti event. e latest request for translation came through the Green Family Foundation during a dinner event on November 11 in honor of Haitian entrepreneurs at the Modesto A. Maidique campus. More than 200 FIU Panthers … including trustees, the president, vice presidents and deans … turned out Sunday, January 24, 2010 to a warehouse in Doral to sort and pack relief supplies for Haiti e event was organized at the request of the Miami-Dade County O ce of Emergency Management. FIU Trustee and alumnus Alberto Maury attended and volunteered Leon Medical Center buses to transport participants. e AT&T Pioneers teamed with FIUs bachelor in Business Administration program cohort 27 students, sta Gentiva Health, and Sytec USA to sort and deliver nine truckloads of sorted clothes and miscellaneous items to His House, Sisters of Charity, Notre Dame DHaiti Catholic Church More than 200 FIU students, faculty, staff and community leaders gathered on January 24, 2010 to sort and pack relief supplies for Haiti.


16 and Project Medishare. At the FIU South Campus Ryder Business building six truckloads of clothing and miscellaneous items were sorted, bagged and labeled. Four truckloads were dropped o at Notre Dame DHaiti Catholic Church and two truckloads were dropped o at His House. Student organizations within the College of Engineering and Computing worked with the Miami Heat to collect supplies Faculty, students, alumni and partner businesses also lent their expertise to the Miami Heralds Crisis Camp, a collaboration on digital projects aimed at assisting Haiti relief e orts. e University Graduate School collected medical supplies to support the Friends of Petit Goave a non-pro t organization whose objective is to increase the number of healthy Petit Goavians in Haiti by organizing free clinic, vaccinations and distributing free medications. ONE YEAR LATER As the world remembered the earthquake in Haiti, FIU commemorated the culture, history and lives of the Haitian people. FIUs recognition on January 12, 2011 began with an exhibit of Base Paint Tents a project of goodwill for the children of Port-au-Prince, Haiti from artists around the world. Ten international artists worked on one tent each sharing their perspective of Haiti, using the tents as a canvas. e tents will serve as classrooms, a library and workshops on the property of LAthletique dHaiti in Cite Soleil in Haiti. FIUs Frost Art Museum exhibited the Base Paint Tent Models during Art Basel on December 5th and the actual tents were on display at the Modesto A. Maidique campus during the month of January before being installed in Haiti. Numerous events were held in conjunction with this exhibit. Additional information can be found at In the afternoon, FIU hosted the third Teach-In for the community titled Haiti: One Year Later from 2-4pm in the MARC Pavilion. Guest speakers included FIU faculty members Grenville Draper, Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Juan Pablo Sarmiento, Co-Director, Disaster Risk Reduction Program and Alex Stepick, Professor, Global and Sociocultural Studies among others. e FIU community was invited to visit the Art Gallery in the Graham Center student union to view an exhibition titled Kenbe Pa Lage (Keep Strong) is collection was curated by artist Fred omas and highlights Traditional and Contemporary Haitian Art. Artists included in the exhibit were Fred omas, Dominik Ambroise, Alexandra Barbot, Levoy Exil, and Donald Obin. Haitian art is rich in its content; within it we see daily living, religious symbolism, social commentary and historic documentation. is exhibit represents the spirit, the love of life and the strength of the people and remained open until January 31, 2011. At 4:53pm, FIU students, faculty, sta and friends came together in the Graham Center student union for a moment of silence around the word. FIU students planned a cultural celebration to close the days activities at 6pm in the Graham Center Ballrooms. Haiti: A Night of Commemoration served as a celebration of independence, a celebration of overcoming and a celebration of life hosted for the FIU community and sponsored by FIUs Haitian Student Organization. CONCLUSION: Haiti has years of work ahead of it and FIU is committed to assisting our hard-working neighbors as they rebuild. We understand the need for a sustainable presence and will continue to focus on long-term solutions for Haitis future. We will be there for Haiti as long as there is a need. We are in this for the long run,Ž said President Mark Rosenberg. Additional information on all of FIUs Haiti related activities can be found at http://news.““ uhaiti/


17 FIU HAITI TASK FORCE MEMBERS Of“ ce of the President Mark B. Rosenberg President Javier Marques Chief of Sta External Relations Sandra Gonzalez-Levy, Senior Vice President for External Relations, Task Force Chair Desiree Rodriguez Chief of Sta to the Senior Vice President, Task Force Coordinator Academic Affairs Mercedes Ponce Director of Assessment, Academic Planning & Accountability Academic Health Center Don Smithburg Executive Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Alina Perez-Stable Manager, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Pilar Martin Clinical Assistant Professor Advancement Lillian Abreu Assistant Vice President of Annual Giving and Special Gifts Architecture + the Arts Carol Damian Director and Chief Curator, Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum Phillip Church Associate Professor, eatre and Dance Arts & Sciences Kenneth Furton Dean, College of Arts & Sciences Biscayne Bay Campus Steven Moll Interim Vice Provost for Biscayne Bay Campus Business Administration Monique Catoggio Director, Advancement, Alumni and Corporate Relations Jerry Haar Associate Dean and Professor, International Programs Education Delia Garcia Dean, College of Education Kim Cole Assistant Dean, Budget and Operations Engineering Steve Luis Director, Information Technology and Business Relations Faculty Senate Florentin Maurrasse Professor, Department of Earth and Environment General Counsel Isis Carbajal de Garcia Deputy General Counsel Governmental Relations Carlos Becerra Director of Federal Relations Human Resources Kathryn Kominars Director, O ce of Employee Assistance Information Technology Penny Butler Assistant Director, Biscayne Bay Campus Operations Journalism and Mass Communication Allan Richards Interim Chair, Journalism and Broadcasting Heather Radi-Bermudez Marketing Coordinator Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) Cristina Eguizbal Director, LACC Liesl Picard Associate Director, LACC Law Clinic Michele Anglade Assistant Dean, Academic Support Programs, College of Law Nursing and Health Sciences Sharon Pontious Interim Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences Helen Cornely Associate Dean for Administration Public Health and Social Work Michele Ciccazzo Interim Dean, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work Research Luis Salas Associate Vice President, Sponsored Research School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) John Stack Director, SIPA Student Affairs Rosa Jones Vice President for Student A airs Mireille Sylvain-David O ce Assistant, Department of Religious Studies Matilde Gramling Director, Budget and Personnel Student Government Association Anthony Rionda 2009-2010 President of SGA-MMC Nicholas Autiello 2010 Vice President of SGA-MMC University Graduate School Kevin OShea Interim Dean, University Graduate School University Libraries Laura Probst Dean of Libraries Brooke Wooldridge Coordinator, Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) USPS Senate James Mickle Chairman, USPS Senate EXTERNAL CONTRIBUTORS FIUs Haiti Task Force Members: Anthony Colon Executive Director, Green Family Foundation Carmen Algeciras Program Director, e Development Research Center Marie Bell Director of Special Operations, O ce of Congressman Lincoln Daz Balart Supporting Organizations: An n Avanse Community Coalition : e Beacon Council Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce United Way of Miami-Dade Base Paint (Tents for Haiti) Catholic Charities Clinton Global InitiativeUniversity ENLACE Florida FIU Haitian Student Organization Green Family Foundation Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center


CONTACTS Sandra Gonzalez-Levy Desiree Rodriguez Haiti Task Force, Chair Haiti Task Force, Coordinator Florida International University Florida International University 11200 S.W. 8 Street, PC 519 11200 S.W. 8 Street, PC 519 Miami, Florida 33199 Miami, Florida 33199 Tel: 305-348-7235 Tel: 305-348-0158 Fax: 305-348-7237 Fax: 305-348-7237 Email: gonzals@ Email: drodrigu@ Website: http://news. uhaiti/ 11444_12/10