Tomorrow UMass Dartmouth to Hold Teach-In on Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan

Students, Faculty, Staff, and Public Invited to "Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines: Environmental and Disaster Management Lessons" Teach-In to be Held this Tuesday November, 19

UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman, born and raised in the Philippines, has invited the university community and general public to come together for the "Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines: Environmental and Disaster Management Lessons" teach-in, Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 19, at 12pm in UMass Dartmouth's Main Auditorium. The goal of the teach-in is to learn and understand the history and geography of the Philippines and the susceptibility of the islands to typhoons, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. 

"The recovery process will be long and arduous for those rendered homeless, hungry, and hopeless by this typhoon," said Chancellor Grossman. "It is important that in times following natural catastrophes we not only offer our support in the immediate, but also educate on the ongoing challenges the families of the Philippines face now and in the future." 

Michael Goodman, Associate Professor and Chair of UMass Dartmouth's Department of Public Policy will serve as moderator of the teach-in with feature speakers on the Philippines and Typhoon Haiyan including: 

Chancellor Divina Grossman 
Topic: Philippine Geography and History 

Student Government Association Senator Remy Espinola Horton, Philippine-American Student 
Topic: Community Response to the Tragedy 

Dean Steve Lohrenz, School for Marine Science and Techonology 
Topic: Typhoon Haiyan: Tropical Cyclones, Storm Surge, and the role of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise 

Professor Toby Stapleton, Charlton College of Business 
Topic: Logistics of Disaster Relief 

Professor Maria Vasquez, College of Nursing 
Topic: Typhoon Haiyan: Population Health in Disaster 

The death toll has climbed to 2,500 and is expected to increase; about 41 provinces are affected and 600,000 people are displaced with their homes destroyed. Chancellor Grossman has encouraged UMass Dartmouth faculty, students, and staff to channel support through the Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services and other established relief agencies. Additionally, some Filipino staff and students at UMass Dartmouth have initiated a collection drive for clothes and toiletries.   

UMass Dartmouth's Main Auditorium is located within the university's MacLean Campus Center (285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747). Parking is available for the teach-in in lots 6 & 7.

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