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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Desiree M. Rodriguez
Aileen Solá-Trautmann
Florida International University Division of External Relations
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Table of Contents: Introduction .......................1 Arts & Culture ....................3 Economic Development ....6 Education ..........................6 Health ................................9 Local Impact ....................10 Two Years Later ...............12 Initiative Members ...........13 Contacts ..........................14 Produced by FIU's Division of External Relations Design by Aileen Sola-Trautmann Editorial by Amanda Garcia Deborah O'Neil Desiree Rodriguez INTRODUCTION Florida International University's (FIU's) Haiti Initiative serves as the focal point of the University's involvement with Haiti and the Haitian-American community, locally and abroad. What began as a task force to service the needs of our community immediately following the January 12, 2010 earthquake has now transitioned into a long-term strategic initiative supported by the institution. FIU's Haiti Initiative supports our Worlds Ahead strategic plan by giving FIU students, faculty and staff the opportunity to leverage strengths in the arts, environment, globalization and health to make a difference for our Haitian neighbors. FIU is committed to protecting Haitian patrimony and preserving Haitian history and culture. FIU experts provide advice and counsel on environmental concerns regarding the geology of the country and how best to prepare for potential threats. From the student perspective, research to support Haiti provides a global educational experience. Finally, FIU has committed resources to support health-related initiatives, including much needed mental health services and research. 1


2 Highlights from our activities include: o Continued support of the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative and the launch of “Haiti: An Island Luminous” collection. Received funding for two additional digitization projects: Conducted video interviews prepared by the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) and began digitization of the 480 pieces of Haitian art that are part of the Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museums collection. o Served as the host institution, for the second year, for Digicel’s annual leadership development conference which brought 22 Haitian CEOs and entrepreneurs to FIU for a three-day retreat in support of their entrepreneurship development. o Hosted FIUs 14th Annual Haitian Summer Institute through LACC, to provide intensive Haitian Creole language training. e Institute introduces students to Haitian history, culture and Haitian Creole language. Program included presentations by internationally recognized Haitianists and diasporic leaders, lm screenings and tours of Miamis Little Haiti neighborhood. o College of Public Health and Social Work continued research granted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism to conduct a randomized trial of a Cognitive Behavioral Stress Management intervention with a focus on the impact that the earthquake has had on survivors. o e Department of Physical erapy in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences led an NIH funded pilot study focused on the impact of traumatic and surgical amputations on earthquake victims in Haiti. o Continued to provide support to FIU’s Haitian and Haitian-American students faculty and sta Awarded 12 students $1,000 academic scholarship each for this academic year based on nancial need and academic merit. Supported the activities of FIUs Haitian Student Organization. o Exposed the community to a series of lectures, forums and discussions surrounding current events impacting the Haitian community locally and abroad. Members of the initiative represent all of the units with an interest in FIUs sustained commitment to supporting Haiti. FIU students serve a crucial role in the initiative as many of our activities have been proposed, driven and executed by our studen ts. e initiative currently supports a website and manages communication with a listserv of more than 220 individuals at the university and in the community. Members monitor the progress of all Haiti-related activities at the University and in the community. e members meet every two months to discuss ongoing initiatives and the strategic alignment of any new initiatives. Additional information on all of FIUs Haiti-related activities can be found at http://news. uhaiti/. e following narrative provides an update on activities that have commenced or progressed since the issuing of FIUs January 2011 report on Haiti-related activities. We welcome your comments as we continue to support this important endeavor. Sincerely, Mark B. Rosenberg Sandra Gonzalez-Levy President Senior Vice President, External Relations Florida International University Chair, FIU Haiti Initiative Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma rk rk rk rk rk k B B B B B Ro se e e e e e nb nb nb nb nb nb er er er er er er g g g g g Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa nd nd nd nd nd nd ra ra ra ra ra ra Gonzalez-Le vy Se S S S S S n n n ni n n or or or or r r Vice President, External Relati o ChFIUHI


3 ARTS & CULTURE FIU began 2011 with a week-long commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Included in these activities was an exhibit of Base Paint Tents, a project of goodwill for 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. Since the exhibit on FIUs Modesto A. Maidique campus, the tents have been installed in L’Athletique D’Haiti (FLADH) in Cite Soleil, Haiti and are being used as classrooms, a library and for workshops. In February, representatives from Base Paint Tents and Fundacin Manos Del Sur travelled to Haiti to meet with Robert Duval, founder and director of LAthletique dHaiti, and reported a very well organized program. ey operate a school with more than 160 students and eight classrooms. About 1,000 children daily practice sports from three nearby camps with more than 10,000 people. FIU continues to support FLADH through contributions of surplus furniture to be used in their classrooms. FLADH is a sports training program that provides underprivileged youth with a safe, clean, supportive environment where they can learn rsthand how the discipline of sports and the structure of teamwork can enhance skills, enrich lives and change futures. e FIU Libraries and the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), under the direction of Dean Laura Probst, have made signi cant progress on 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. dLOC supports 23 partners, and hosts more than 10,000 titles and more than one million pages. Partner organizations in Haiti that directly bene t from the work and contributions of the PHP Initiative include: o Archives Nationales d’Hati houses civil and state records as well of those of the O ce of the President and most government ministries. o Bibliothque Nationale d’Hati established in 1939, holds a collection of historical rare books, manuscripts and newspapers, and o ers current publications, research support and study space.Students attend classes at L'Athletique D'Haiti in Base Paint Tents with furniture contributed by FIU. Computers donated by FIU are being used by dLOC partners in Haiti at the National Library of Haiti and the Brothers of Christian Instruction Patrimonial Library. Base Paint Tent designed by Leonel Matheu being used as a classroom in Cite Soleil, Haiti.


Edwidge Danticat, award-winning author and closing speaker at community screening of Haitian documentary "EgalitŽ for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution." Haiti's Former First Lady Elisabeth Preval and former SGA BBC President Christin "Cici" Battle at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami. 4 o Bibliothque hatienne des Frres de l’Instruction Chrtienne (the heritage library of Saint Louis de Gonzague), founded in 1912 by the Christian Brothers, serves as a repository for Haitian imprints and holds one of the most signi cant collections of newspapers. o Bibliothque hatienne des Pres du Saint-Esprit (the heritage library of the Petit Sminaire Collge Saint Martial), founded in 1873 by the Fathers of the Holy Spirit, holds documents and rare books chronicling French colonization, slavery and emancipation, the Haitian Revolution, and Haitis 19th and 20th centuries history. e PHP Initiative secured an $8,000 grant for digitization equipment from the Organization of American States Pan American Institute for Geography and History in collaboration with Bradley Coleman from U.S. Southern Command to support preservation of cultural heritage materials in the National Archives of Haiti. is equipment will allow the National Archives of Haiti to quickly digitize and preserve slide negatives from the early 1900s that are rapidly deteriorating in their current form. e equipment will be installed and operational in early 2012. With the support of the FIUs Haiti Initiative, dLOC continues to travel to Haiti to discuss progress and future collaborations with library and archive partners. With the launch of Haiti: An Island Luminous,Ž approximately 10 percent of the titles and 20 percent of the items in the dLOC collection relate to the preservation of Haitian cultural patrimony. On February 17, 2011, LACC, FIU Libraries, University of Miami (UM) Center for Latin American Studies, and UM Libraries presented a community screening of the documentary lm “Egalit for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution” at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami. e money collected from the event supported the Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative partner organizations. Attendees included former First Lady of Haiti Elisabeth Preval, award-winning author Edwidge Danticat, and performance artist Erol Josue. At the event, the Green Family Foundation announced their support of “Haiti: An Island Luminous,” an online exhibit that launched in the fall of 2011. e exhibit features contributions from current scholars and students, excerpts from past publications, and direct links providing free access to books, manuscripts and newspapers. Expert commentary and original documents are joined to introduce users to 500 years of Haitian history. e exhibit, in English, French and Haitian Creole, covers ve centuries of Haitian history in more than 170 interactive slides. e slides link directly to full-text resources already available in the Digital Library of the Caribbean with a navigational toolbar that allows users to explore Haitis history by time period. e collection can be viewed at An exhibition, “Haiti: Faces of Hope” opened at FIUs College of Law on February 25, 2011. e exhibit, featuring the art of FIU professor Sophia LaCroix will remain in the Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall for the next two years.


FIUs Art + Art History Department, as part of the College of Architecture + the Arts, established TAG: e Art of Giving Project an innovative annual giving campaign with a mission to assist children in some of the worlds neediest countries. In the Spring of 2011, students from the college worked with Jacek Kolasinski, assistant professor for Art and Art History, to collect more than 800 pairs of sneakers which were decorated by students, faculty, sta and community leaders at more than 12 events throughout Miami-Dade County. Activities related to this initiative included a series of community events from April to May 2011 with involvement from FIU student organizations, FIU student athletes, multiple Miami-Dade County elementary public schools, Centro Cultural Espaol, My Gang Afterschool Program, Cooper City Chiropractic, Overtown Youth Center, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity & Institute of Black Family Life, and the Little Haiti Cultural Center. e decorated shoes were then shipped to Haiti and distributed to children ages 1-17 currently residing in orphanages in and near Portau-Prince, Haiti. e Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum has a Haitian art collection consisting of about 480 paintings and 3-D objects with numerous examples of work by entire generations of Haitian artists. Haitian art is celebrated as inspiring, perplexing and popular as an expression of bright colors depicting daily life. e museums collection includes many such expressions while also being representative of the darker symbols and visions that appear as a re ection of political turmoil and other struggles that cannot be ignored as part of Haitis history. FIU  sArt+ArtHistoryDepartmen FIU faculty Pilar Martin (left) and Jacek Kolasinski (right) deliver decorated shoes to an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Above: Children in an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with their new Converse sneakers, decorated by students and community members in Miami. Below: Yvens Leger, Tap-Tap, ca. 1983, Papier-m‰chŽ, 20 x 30 x 5 1/2" 5


6 e museum received a grant in December 2011 to begin a digitization of this collection. e digital images will be hosted through e Digital Collections Center and the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) at FIU Libraries and made available for the public with the intent of returning the actual collection to Haiti when the time is right. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FIUs College of Business Administration was selected to serve as the host institution for Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year Haiti-CEO Retreat 2011 for the second consecutive year. e three-day retreat in November served as an executive education program providing national nalists with tools in leadership, strategy and innovation in support of their entrepreneurship development. is year, Dr. Dileep Rao of the FIU College of Business Administration taught from his experiences as a venture nancier, a developer of new businesses, and manager of ve turnarounds. Dr. Rao served as a change agent for these twenty-two passionate entrepreneurs inviting them to implement new strategies upon returning to Haiti. Digicel hosted a nal award ceremony for the entrepreneurs on December 14 in Haiti. EDUCATION Professor N. Emel Ganapati in the Department of Public Administration has received a National Science Foundation grant to study the housing recovery process in Port-auPrince Her team conducted 12 focus groups with the 90 residents of the socio-economically diverse Petionville, Delmas and Canape Vert communities in Port-au-Prince. In addition, they conducted 54 in-depth interviews with community leaders and policy makers (Haitian government o cials and international aid agency representatives). At the conclusion of the study, they held two Town Hall meetings (one for women and one for men, attended by 2530 people each) mainly to present, discuss and corroborate or correct their ndings from the previous research stages with the study participants. Professor of Earth Sciences and geologist Florentin J. Maurrasse in FIUs College of Arts & Sciences is assisting the University of Haiti (UEH) in rebuilding the University’s library particularly through donations of publications, including books and scholarly magazines, from U.S. and foreign geologist colleagues, scientists of di erent elds and other professional organizations that can contribute their surplus materials. He has collected more than 45 boxes of material for the University. Twenty-two Haitian CEOs participated in Digicel's Entrepreneur of the Year Retreat hosted at FIU. 6


Dr. Maurrasse continues to address the concerns of Haitians in Miami and in Haiti regarding the cause of the earthquake and any future potential threats. He has explained the geologic situation in Haiti and what they should expect and prepare for, while clarifying concerns about an imminent major earthquake. He published an article titled “Why Land Zoning is Critical in Haiti’s Recovery and Sustainable Development” in the rst issue of REGIONAL Magazine where he stresses the importance of geologic considerations in the rebuilding of the country. He stresses the need to prepare adequate land zoning maps of di erent risk factors in order to ensure sustainable future development. e magazine was published by the Institute of Human & Community Development (IHCD) to provide civic education to Haitians and Haitian-Americans. FIUs College of Architecture + the Arts held two design studios in the spring semester of 2011 dedicated to developing designs for a sustainable and culturally appropriate redevelopment of Haiti. Graduate students participated in the international  Rebuild Haiti Idea Competition Ž sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and other key groups involved in Haitis rebuilding e orts. e studio focused on the sustainable design of permanent solutions for the rebuilding of infrastructure, neighborhoods and structures for residents of Haiti a ected by the 2010 earthquake. Professors omas Spiegelhalter and Robert Gonzalez challenged their graduate students to design for Haitian communities dealing with scarcity of resources, response to climate-related disaster, homelessness, community building and aging. is summer, FIUs Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) hosted the 14th Annual Haitian Summer Institute Lecture Series & Events e six-week program is designed for anyone interested in acquiring basic conversational pro ciency in Haitian Creole and also for those students who wish to continue their Haitian Creole language training at the intermediate and advanced levels. is years program featured: o Tour of Little Haiti … Led by Leonie Hermantin, community leader and deputy director, Lambi Fund of Haiti. o e Politics of Language: Haitian Creole and the Education System in Haiti … Lecture in Haitian Creole by Yves Dejean, Ph.D., professor, State University of Haiti. o Big Night in Little Haiti … Live music and cultural celebration presented by the Rhythm Foundation. o Haitian Dance & Haitian Folklore and Storytelling … Master class in Haitian Creole with Louines Louines, founder and artistic director of the Louines Louines Haitian Dance eater and Lucree Louisdohn, Haitian storyteller. o Preserving Haiti’s Cultural Patrimony … Lecture by Stephanie Hornbeck, chief conservator, Smithsonian Cultural Recovery Center, Haiti and principal object conservator, Caryatid Conservation Services. o e Media in Haiti: Enhancing Coverage and Strengthening Capacity … Lecture in Haitian Creole by Yves Colon, journalist and lecturer, School of Journalism, University of Miami. o e Demographic E ects of the Earthquake in Haiti … Lecture in Haitian Creole by Gabriel Bidegain, Ph.D., demographer, United Nations Population Fund in Haiti. o Qui trop embrace mal teint … Book presentation in Haitian Creole by Nicolas Andre, author and Haitian Creole instructor. Graduate students designed a modular facility for a school in Haiti as part of the "Rebuild Haiti Idea Competition." The design includes an underground water cistern and rubble used as a water lter during the rainy season. 7


8 As part of their Title VI Grant Program, LACC conducted a series of video interviews documenting the following: o Franketienne, Nobel Prize-nominated author; painter o Mireille Delisme-Drapo (Vodou ag) artist o Michel Philippe Lerebours, art historian; head of Muse dArt hatien du Collge Saint-Pierre o Emerante de Pradines, renowned Haitian singer, dancer and folklorist o Stephanie Hornbeck, chief conservator, Smithsonian Haiti Cultural Recovery Center e footage has been contributed to the Digital Library of the Caribbean. FIU hosts a weekly Tuesday Times Roundtable as part of the Global Learning Initiative where students engage in an open, multi-perspective discussions of New York Times articles on global current events as part of the New York Times Readership program. As part of their series, Liesl Picard, associate director, Latin American and Caribbean Center, and Brooke Wooldridge, coordinator of the Digital Library of the Caribbean, led a discussion at FIUs Biscayne Bay Campus about cultural heritage and archival research focusing on recent news stories about the Smithsonian Cultural Recovery Center in Haiti and the discovery of the only known government-issued copies of Haitis Declaration of Independence. FIUs Latin American and Caribbean Center hosted a book presentation and lecture on October 12, 2011 entitled, “Haiti: History, Culture and Development” with author and scholar Glodel Mezilas, Ph.D. e book explores the roots of Haitis underdevelopment, explores the countrys connections to Latin America and Africa, and examines its struggle for human rights, while attempting to move the discussion surrounding Haiti to a point beyond prejudices and misrepresentations that distort the image of the country and its national realities. LACC supported FIU Haitian Creole professor Nicolas Andres travel to Haiti to attend the October 2011 inaugural meeting of the Haitian Creole Academy Professor Andre presented his research and recommendations regarding the role of the Academy in the institutionalization of Haitian Creole within the context of a (Haitian) national strategic language planning initiative. FIUs Latin American and Caribbean Center has received o cial permission from the O ce of the Rector of the State University of Haiti to move forward with the establishment of an o cial Haitian Creole language pro ciency testing site housed at the LACC at FIU. rough a partnership with the faculty of applied linguistics at the State University of Haiti, the testing site will serve students, scholars and professionals from throughout the United States and abroad, and will provide new opportunities for faculty exchange. rough its Commissioned Paper Series FIUs LACC continues to support research e orts and scholarship related to Haiti. e most recently published reports and papers focus on cultural recovery e orts in post-quake Portau-Prince; enhancing media coverage and strengthening capacity in post-quake Haiti; and the importance of Haitian Creole in the education system in Haiti. FIUs Latin American and Caribbean Center continues to sponsor the Green Treasures Haitian Creole program at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden e program provides a forum for middle school students to learn more about ethno-botany in the region through interviews with Haitian Creole speaking senior citizens and discussions about the signi cance of plants in Haitian culture both inside and outside of Haiti. e November 2011 workshop attracted more than 125 students and 35 senior citizens. Part of e Fairchild Challenge, Green Treasures is a multidisciplinary competitive environmental education program that fosters interest in the environment, develops critical thinking skills, promotes conservation, and stimulates civic engagement. FIU’s College of Law Professor, Megan Fairlie based on her experience with the international criminal court system, appeared on Public Broadcast Television to discuss legal responses to the rami cations of the cholera outbreak in Haiti. Liesl Picard, associate director for LACC, provides a presentation on preserving Haiti's cultural patrimony as part of the 14th Annual Haitian Summer Institute Lecture Series & Events.


9 9 Marilys G. Randolph, Guerly Edward, Roody Clemment and Leane Charles from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences study the impact of traumatic and surgical amputations on earthquake victims in Haiti. Richard S. Olson, professor and chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations and project director of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas, spoke at three international workshops this year. His presentations focused on the importance of reducing global risk of potential threats to countries like Haiti by examining the lessons from the 2010 earthquake. Dr. Olson addressed the issues surrounding sovereignty, political accountability and governance in the aftermath of such a disaster as well as the impact of nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and other outside entities to rebuilding the country. e workshops were: o Disasters Roundtable of the National Academies, March 1, 2011 o 36th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop at Colorado University, July 10, 2011 o San Jos, Costa Rica, October 13 & 14, 2011 As part of FIUs International Education Week 2011, the Haitian Student Organization participated in the FIU Global Engagement Fair on November 16. e event showcased FIUs engagement across regions, cultures, and disciplines through displays of FIUs globally-focused achievements as well as various programs and international research in which faculty, sta and students are currently participating. e Haitian Student Organization promoted their activities, both cultural and educational and shared information on FIUs Haiti Initiative. HEALTH In the Fall of 2008, Drs. Robert Malow and Jessy G. Dvieux, faculty in the Department of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention of the Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work were granted ve years of funding by the National Institutes of Healths (NIH) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA) to conduct a randomized trial of a Cognitive-Behavioral Stress Management (CBSM) intervention. e project was designed to simultaneously enhance safer sex practices, adherence to anti-retroviral medication, and reduce alcohol or other drugs use, in a predominantly poor urban population in Haiti. If successful, this research presents an HIV intervention strategy that can be practically implemented for HIV positive adults with high risk behaviors (alcohol use and unsafe sexual practices) in Haiti and other resourceconstrained settings, while providing a model to tailor interventions for such settings. Following the 2010 earthquake, the researchers were granted in June 2010 supplemental funding by NIAAA to examine the impact of the earthquake on the study participants and target population. As part of the trial that was developed with this supplemental funding, FIU sought to identify and better understand the characteristics that put HIV-positive individuals at greatest risk for developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by examining a group of 102 participants enrolled in the study prior to the earthquake. ey found that at three months post-earthquake, those participants who reported more problems with alcohol and those who used behavioral disengagement as coping mechanism prior to the quake were more likely to su er from PTSD, compared to those who did not report such behaviors. FIU worked in collaboration with a clinical research partner in Haiti, the Groupe Haitien dEtudes du Sarcome de Kaposi et Infections Opportunistes (GHESKIO) Centers and is on track to enroll and follow for a period of 12 months a total of 320 participants by June 2013. FIUs College of Nursing and Health Sciences alumni and faculty have been working with organizations such as the Haitian-American Nurses Association to re-establish nursing education and provide nursing primary care. e college is collaborating with the University of Haiti in the development of instructional infrastructure, faculty and curriculum for programs in nursing and physical therapy. Most recently, FIU participated in the rst international symposium organized by the Haiti Nursing Foundation on “ e Future of Nursing Education in Haiti.Ž Dr. Marilys G. Randolph and her colleagues, Drs. Leonard Elbaum and Denis Brundt from the Department


10 of Physical erapy and Dr. Anahid Kilwiki from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences lead an NIH funded pilot study focused on the impact of traumatic and surgical amputations on earthquake victims in Haiti, Assessment and Primary Intervention of recent Traumatic/Surgical Amputations in Haiti.Ž e aims of the study are to develop the sociodemographic pro le of individuals (adults) who had a lower extremity amputation after the earthquake in Haiti; to assess the amputees perception of their level of disability, their functional status and quality of life post …prosthetic tting; and to train technicians to administer survey questionnaires and provide basic functional assessment of post-prosthetic tting. In the past year Dr. Randolph traveled to Haiti three times to establish a relationship and obtain approval to start data collection at Centres Gheskio in Haiti. In her third trip in August 2011, she completed the training of four technicians in administering surveys on quality of life and functional assessments of participants in the study. Dr. Randolph also prepared and identi ed technicians to get their certi cation for working with human subjects required by NIH. Data collection for the pilot study started in September 2011 and is ongoing. ree physical therapy doctoral students, of which two are uent in Creole, are helping with data translation, organization of the database and interpretation of results. In 2012, the pilot study hopes to complete data collection, disseminate through conferences and publications results of pilot study, and seek new funding to expand this project to include children with amputations and their integration to the educational system. e Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) has established funds to extend the NeighborhoodHELP program to include Little Haiti in April 2012. e program includes a mobile clinic to service the community. e Internal Medicine Interest group of the HWCOM traveled to Haiti on two medical missions in March and November of this year. e groups were coordinated by Dr. Pilar Martin and composed of HWCOM faculty, medical and Ph.D. students. In the November trip alone, an estimated 350 patients were seen and close to 30 boxes of supplies were delivered. Members of FIUs Haiti Initiative and the University community at large continue to collect supplies for Dr. Pilar Martin to deliver to the orphanages and clinics in Haiti which she visits regularly and where she and her team provide medical care. FIU faculty member Dr. Pilar Martin working alongside FIU medical and doctoral students provide health care to hundreds of pati ents in Haiti.


11 LOCAL IMPACT e FIU community continues to support about 600 students and 100 faculty and sta who were born in Haiti or are of Haitian descent who may still be impacted by the earthquake, whether locally or abroad. Our Tender, Love and Care (TLC) Brigade, through the Division of Human Resources, continues to reach out to employees and alumni to o er any assistance the university can provide. e TLC Brigade established a Food Bank based on feedback received from Haitian employees who opened their homes to relatives after the earthquake. e JeanClaude Garcia-Zamor Scholarship awarded 12 students of Haitian ancestry $1,000 academic scholarship each for the 2011-2012 academic year based on nancial need and academic merit. e Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Rights Clinic (the IHR ClinicŽ) continues to represent Haitian nationals before immigration proceedings. In 2011, 16 law students from the IHR Clinic represented approximately 35 detained Haitians in immigration court at the Krome Processing Center. ese cases are at di erent stages, and the IHR Clinic continues their mission to make sure that Haitian nationals are properly represented before the immigration courts. FIUs Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work received federal funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to work through Operation Help Haiti at Home (O3H) to assist community-based agencies here that are working with Haitians in South Florida and in Haiti Dr. Richard Beaulaurier, associate dean for research and engagement, serves as principal investigator and evaluator in partnership with the Human Services Coalition, a local non-pro t organization with a great deal of experience as an incubator of nascent social service organizations. e purpose of this project is to study and document the e ects of a tailored array of social service supports to assist Haitian service organizations in Miami and deal with organizational problems that stem from rapid changes in the their client base and increased demand for services. is project will build the capacity of Miami area nonpro ts servicing the community in response to disasters like the Haiti earthquake. On February 26, 2011, the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration hosted a Symposium at FIU on Policy and Administrative Infrastructure in the context of reconstruction in Haiti. e objective was to focus on best practices and applications that can be e ectively and comprehensively implemented with the assistance of the international community. e infrastructure proposed must be appropriate for the needs of developing or underdeveloped countries with the initial application of designs in Haiti. ere were four sessions including an opening and closing plenary that provided an overview of the current state of a airs in Haiti and examined the future of public policy in the country. Participants discussed contract management, which is critical for successful reconstruction. e program also studied the way forward and best practices for e ective public administration and policy. Among the deliverables of this exercise, the Society agreed to host an implementation conference in Haiti in two years with clearly de ned policy that will foster accountable and responsible public administration. Dr. Richard Kurin under secretary for History, Art and Culture for the Smithsonian Institution, visited the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum on March 4, 2011. He participated in a talk with the members of FIUs Haiti Initiative regarding his oversight of the Haiti Cultural Recovery Project and his involvement with United Nations Educational, Scienti c and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) International Coordinating Committee for Haiti. Students for the Poor, a student organization at FIU, in collaboration with the African & African Diaspora Studies program held their 3rd Annual Haiti Poetry Bene“ t & Concert As strong supporters of Food for the Poor, Inc., an international relief and development organization working with impoverished people in 17 Sandy Gonzalez-Levy, chair, FIU's Haiti Initiative; Brooke Wooldridge, coordinator, Digital Library of the Caribbean; Richard Kurin, under secretary for History, Art and Culture for the Smithsonian Institution; Carol Damian, director and chief curator of the Frost Art Museum and Rosa Lowinger, sculptor conservator for the Frost Art Museum.


12 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, FIU students committed all of the proceeds from the event to communities of Haiti being supported by the agency. e bene t took place at the Mary Anne Wolfe eater on the FIU BBC campus on March 4, 2011. On May 21, 2011, FIU supported Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Centers 10th Anniversary Celebration Sant La works to empower, strengthen and stabilize South Floridas Haitian community. e Center serves as an essential resource for Haitians and Haitian-Americans reaching out to the community, developing organizational partnerships, documenting needs and establishing collaborative e orts.  e Haitian Imprint on the Humanities,Ž a lecture presented by the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment, was held on September 14, 2011 in FIUs Green Library. e speaker, Gepsie M. Metellus, executive director of Sant La, is a well-known community leader with deep awareness of the diversity and complexity of the Haitian community, as well as a profound understanding of the challenges facing all South Floridians. Students, faculty and community members in attendance engaged in a thoughtful discussion. On November 3, 2011, FIUs Haitian Student Organization hosted a lecture entitled Kenbe La: Where Are We Now?Ž with keynote address given by Kimberly Green of the Green Family Foundation. e discussion surrounded a variety of topics including Haitian culture, health, social preservation, and philanthropy. Panelists included Brooke Wooldridge, coordinator for the Digital Library of the Caribbean, Dr. Michelle Jean-Gilles, research assistant professor for FIUs Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work and Delphine Gervais, trust specialist at Miami Edison Senior High. e students engaged in a thoughtful discussion about their role in the future of Haiti and how their student organization can make a di erence. FIU faculty and sta came together to collect more than 1,400 toys to be donated to the local community over the holidays. e University included a portion of those toys to bene t North Miami Vice Mayor Marie Erlande Sterils 7th Annual Holiday Toy Drive for Haiti. Two hundred toys were delivered to the Vice Mayors o ce for her visit to Haiti in December, 2011. FIUs College of Engineering collected notepads, soccer balls, soccer ball pumps, pens and hand sanitizers for Haitis Mission Center e Center is helping Haitis local community through the building of a new community center and supporting the needs of orphanages, churches and childrens education. Golden Key International Honour Society (FIU Chapter) held a book drive throughout the 2011 Fall semester to bene t Haiti. Proceeds went to PlanUSA, an organization that has served Haiti for more than 40 years. FIU continues to mobilize our Creole-speaking volunteer database of more than 261 individuals from around South Florida e volunteers have been activated with numerous internal and external requests. TWO YEARS LATER As the world remembers the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the FIU community will gather for a cultural celebration on January 12, 2012. e International Rescue Committee will begin the days activities hosting a panel discussion at 10 a.m. in GC 243 to address the current condition of Haiti. At 4:53 p.m. FIU students, faculty, sta and community members will come together in the Graham Center student union for a moment of silence. e program will include a candle lighting vigil and remarks from the student body. e community will then join FIU students who are hosting e Resilience of a Country, at 5:30 p.m. in the Graham Center, 140. is night of commemoration includes cultural performances, traditional Haitian cuisine and presentations from the Haitian Student Organization and several organizations working in Haiti. Kimberly Green, president of The Green Family Foundation (center), with students from FIU's Haitian Student Organization, coordinators of lecture "Kenbe La: Where Are We Now?"Panel discussion surrounding the current state of affairs in Haiti at lecture "Kenbe La: Where Are We Now?" T f W


FIU'S HAITI INITIATIVE MEMBERS Of ce of the President Mark B. Rosenberg, President Javier Marques, Chief of Staff External Relations Sandra Gonzalez-Levy, Senior Vice President for External Relations, Initiative Chair Desiree Rodriguez, Chief of Staff to the Senior Vice President, Initiative Coordinator Academic Affairs Mercedes Ponce, Director of Assessment, Academic Planning & Accountability Academic Health Center Alina Perez-Stable, Manager, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Pilar Martin, Clinical Assistant Professor Advancement Marilyn Emas, Assistant Vice President of Development Architecture + the Arts Carol Damian, Director and Chief Curator, Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum Phillip Church, Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance Jacek Kolasinski, Assistant Professor, Art + Art History Arts & Sciences Kenneth Furton, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences Biscayne Bay Campus Steven Moll, Vice Provost for Biscayne Bay Campus Business Administration Monique Catoggio, Director, Advancement, Alumni and Corporate Relations Jerry Haar, Associate Dean and Professor, Director, Pino Global entrepreneurship Center Education Delia Garcia, Dean, College of Education 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, Interim General Counsel Governmental Relations Carlos Becerra, Director of Federal Relations Human Resources Kathryn Kominars, Director, Of ce of Employee Assistance Information Technology Penny Butler, Assistant Director, Biscayne Bay Campus Operations Journalism and Mass Communication Heather Radi-Bermudez, Marketing Coordinator Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) Liesl Picard, Associate Director, LACC Law Clinic Michele Anglade, Assistant Dean, Academic Support Programs, College of Law Nursing and Health Sciences Helen Cornely, Associate Dean for Administration Marilys G. Randolph, Associate Professor Public Health and Social Work Michele Ciccazzo, Interim Dean, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work Jessy G. DŽvieux, Associate Professor 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 Affairs Matilde Gramling, Director, Budget and Personnel Haitian Student Organization Rudy Damas, Haitian Student Organization, President Stephanie Bertrand, Haitian Student Organization, Special Events Coordinator University Graduate School Graciela Laforest, Associate Director University Libraries Laura Probst, Dean of Libraries Brooke Wooldridge, Coordinator, Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) USPS SenateJames Mickle, Chairman, USPS Senate Supporting Organizations: Base Paint (Tents for Haiti) Clinton Global Initiative-University ENLACE Florida FIU Haitian Student Organization Fundaci—n Manos del Sur Green Family Foundation Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center Step by Step Foundation 13


CONTACTS 12135_12/11Sandra Gonzalez-Levy FIU's Haiti Initiative Chair Tel: 305-348-7235 Email: gonzals@ Desiree Rodriguez FIU's Haiti Initiative Coordinator Tel: 305-348-0158 Email: drodrigu@ Website: http://news. uhaiti/