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‘Canes Helping Haiti

How to help relief efforts for quake-devastated Haiti.

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Through the news reports and graphic video and photo images emerging from Haiti, the worldwide community has become painfully aware of the devastation wrought in that country by a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake. Relief efforts from around the world are now being coordinated to assist the crisis-hit nation which was hit by a series of destructive hurricanes in 2008. At the University of Miami relief efforts have already begun.

How To Give

One of the best ways to help the quake victims right now is to send a message of hope and compassion by giving to the United Way/UM Operation Helping Hands, which supports the UM Global Institute and the work of UM doctors, nurses, and students who are working directly with victims. We appreciate the United Way’s help in making this relief effort possible. If you prefer to make your donation directly to the University of Miami-Global Institute, you can donate online by clicking here, or send your check made out to the “University of Miami-Global Institute” to P.O. Box 248073, Coral Gables, Florida, 33124. To support the relief effort through the United Way’s “Help Haiti Now,” click here.

UM Reaches Out

UM has an established presence in Haiti’s Central Plateau, operating Project Medishare and its community health project as well as a family medicine training program for Haitian physicians in the city of Cap-Haitien. The Miller School of Medicine is mobilizing those resources in Haiti to provide immediate assistance to the quake victims. And, a UM medical team led by Dr. Barth Green departs for Haiti today, bringing medical supplies and equipment with them.

This is just the beginning of UM’s response. Working with the Haitian Student Organization, the Butler Center for Service and Leadership, and schools and colleges, the University will continue to provide information on the various ways everyone can contribute to its coordinated relief efforts.



Related Links

Thursday, January 14: NPR Coverage of Haiti Assistance Efforts

President Donna E. Shalala's Dialogue Letter to the UM Community on Wednesday, January 13

'Canes Helping Haiti Facebook Group

UM's HOPE Public Interest Resource Center: Haiti Relief Effort



Media Experts

Contact the Office of Media Relations for any questions or comments at 305-284-5500.

Earthquake Experts

Tim Dixon, Ph.D.
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Tim Dixon, Ph.D., professor of marine geology and geophysics at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and co-director of CSTARS, Center for Southeast Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing, is a world-renowned expert on plate tectonics, the geological processes that cause earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and coastal subsidence, and space-based measurements of these processes. Dr. Dixon is available to discuss a wide range of geologic topics on these and related natural hazards. In 1998 he wrote an paper describing the hazards of Earthquakes in Haiti. Dr. Dixon is in Toronto today. He is available for interview by phone at: (786) 473-3476. He is also available for camera interviews in Toronto.
Office: 305-421-4660
Cellular: 786-473-3476
Lab: 305-421-4928
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Dr. Shimon Wdowinski, Ph. D.
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Associate professor of geology, geophysics at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, works on the development and usage of space geodetic techniques that can detect very small movements of the Earth’s surface. He successfully applies these technologies to study natural hazards and environmental phenomena, such as earthquakes, landslides, and wetland surface flow. Dr. Wdowinski can speak about the earthquake deformation cycle, understanding when, where, and why an earthquake occurs in seismically active areas, seismo-tectonics of specific regions, in particular: California, the Andes, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Caucasus, and Sumatra and seismic hazard and risk, the probability assessment of earthquake occurrence in populated areas and their damage potential. Dr. Wdowinski teaches a class on natural hazards and disasters called ‘Natural disasters: Hollywood versus reality’.
Office: 305-421-4730
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Haiti Experts

Nilda Peragallo, Ph.D.
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Dean and Professor
Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Nursing international programs include assessing needs in rural areas and establishing actions plans for the future, administering immunizations, providing prevention and education sessions on health care to local inhabitants and training local nurses.
Office: 305-284-2107

J. Bryan Page, Ph.D.
College of Arts and Sciences
Professor & Director, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Sociocultural Research, Treatment & Community Projects
Dr. Page specializes in studying the consumption of drugs, focusing particularly on recently arrived immigrant populations. He is currently participating in five related projects, including a project on family intervention for prevention of drug abuse among Haitian and African-American youth, a study of Haitian gangs, a study of the relationship between intravenous drug use and spread of HIV, and two projects to lower HIV risks in high-risk groups.
Office: 305-284-6045

Louis Herns Marcelin, Ph.D.
College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Department of Anthropology
Director of Research and co-founder of the Family and Youth Community Research Center, Inc; Principal Investigator for the Haitian Adolescent Study at the Department of Anthropology. Research areas include Haitian youth gangs and delinquency in Miami-Dade, Florida and the increasing involvement of the juvenile justice system in the lives of Haitian adolescents and their families; Family, Kinship, and Politics as well as on Uses and Memories of Political Violence in Haiti and Brazil.
Office: 305-284-8493
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Marlene L. Daut, Ph.D.
College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor, English
Dr. Daut specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century transatlantic studies with a particular focus on Haitian, French, and American literatures. Her most recent work examines the relationship between the Haitian Revolution and scientific theories of race. She has been the recipient of an Erskine A. Peters-Reid Dissertation Fellowship and a Ford Dissertation Fellowship. An article that she co-wrote with Karen Richman (Notre Dame) recently appeared in the journal Small Axe. Her current project is entitled Science of Desire: Race and Representations of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1790-1865.
Office: 305-284-4074

Kate Ramsey
College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor, Department of History
Research focuses on colonial and postcolonial Caribbean, with a particular focus histories (politics of law, religion, and performance.) Caribbean intellectual history and cultural movements; the transnational impact of the Haitian Revolution; and the legacies of penal and ecclesiastical laws against popular religious practices in Haiti.
Office: 305-284-5581
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Elizabeth Iglesias
School of Law
Professor of law, teaches immigration law.
Professor Iglesias holds a BA (magna cum laude) from the University of Michigan and a JD (with honors) from Yale Law School. She is the co-founder of Latina and Latino Critical Theory, Inc. (LatCrit, Inc.) which she incorporated in 1998 and co-directed until 2003. In 1997, she designed the Project for Legal Economic, Development, Justice and Equality (PLEDJE) an innovative clinical program to promote micro-business development, immigrant rights & the use of NAFTA labor and environmental side accords through workshops, community based study circles and outreach to underprivileged high school students. The PLEDJE project became the blueprint for and continues today as incorporated by the law school’s Center for Ethics and Public Service. In 2000, she was recognized for her dedication and outstanding contributions to public service and to the citizens of Miami-Dade County as a founding member of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, to which she was then reappointed for a second term from 2000-2004.
Office: 305-284-4080

Irwin P. Stotzky
School of Law
Professor of Law, Human Rights
Prof. Stotzky is currently Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law and the Director of the University of Miami Center for the Study of Human Rights. He is the founder and Director of the University of Miami Center for the Study of Human Rights, Director of the Soia Mentschikoff Legal Research and Writing Program, and Acting Director of the James Weldon Johnson/Robert H. Waters Summer Institute. He is a founding member of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, a human rights institute that researches and distributes objective and accurate information on the human rights conditions in Haiti.
(305) 284-2549
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David Abraham
School of Law
Professor of Law
Prof. Abraham can discuss issues related to the Cuban Adjustment Act, Haitian and other refugee flows, guest worker programs, and the relationship of immigration to American labor.
Office: 305-284-5535

Walter Secada, Ph.D.
School of Education
Senior Associate Dean,Professor and Chair, Teaching and Learning
Associate director and Co-PI of Promoting Science among English Language Learners (P-SELL) with a High-Stakes Testing Environment, a quasi-experimental study on effective science instruction for Haitian-Creole or Spanish-speaking third through fifth graders; associate director and co-PI of Science Made Sensible a fellowship training program that pairs doctoral students in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) with middle-school teachers. Prof. Secada is an expert on bilingual education, migrant education, and/or American Indian education. As director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Hispanic Dropout Project, he was senior author of its final report, No More Excuses , which was released at a White House press conference by then-Vice President Gore and Secretary of Education Riley.
Office: 305-284-4961

Guerda Nicolas, Ph.D
School of Education
Chair of Educational and Psychological Studies
Dr. Nicolas is the new Chair of Educational and Psychological Studies (EPS) at the School of Education. This year, under her leadership the department launched a research and service program called the Kulula Project, named for a Swahili word that means to excel. The 14-week curriculum is aimed at enhancing ethnic identity, primarily for black students from first grade through high school.
Office: 305-284-9124
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Susan K. Purcell
Director, Center for Hemispheric Policy
Areas of Expertise: Latin American and the Caribbean economic trade, investment and political issues, Latin American/U.S. relations. Expertise areas include: U.S. and OAS involvement and concern about Haitian elections, political forces in Haiti fighting against free elections and history of Haitian politics and divergence from democratic models.
Office: 305-284-9830
Cellular: 917-224-2712
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*Speaks English and Spanish

Yves Colon
School of Communication
Lecturer, Journalism
Yves Colon has been in the journalism industry for more than 20 years, working for a number of organizations including The Associated Press, The Miami Herald and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Colon taught at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he also served as director of the Multicultural Management Program. Colon also co-founded The Haitian Times, the only English-language newspaper in the United States serving Haitian communities and served as editor for that publication.
Office: 305-284-3752
Cellular: 305-766-1035
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Disaster Relief Experts

Sherri Porcelain
College of Arts and Sciences
Instructor, International Studies
Sherri L. Porcelain, adjunct professor in the Department of International Studies and director of the disaster research program for global public health program at the University of Miami. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine since1989. Professor Porcelain's teaching and research focuses on public health in world affairs and includes recent projects on disaster mitigation, program evaluation, injury prevention, and public health challenges in Latin America, Middle East, South East Asia and the United States. She serves as a consultant to local, national, and international organizations and brings the experiential and theoretical examination of human security challenges into the classroom setting.
Office: 305-284-3128


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