Adelphi, MD. (Jan. 18, 2010) -- On behalf of the entire University System of Maryland (USM), I extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by the recent earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This natural disaster has caused unimaginable devastation and human suffering.
Not surprisingly, individuals across the USM are responding to this tragedy. Many have already made personal contributions to relief agencies. The Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore has dispatched a team to Haiti to aid the victims. The Institute of Human Virology is working with its partner, the Catholic Relief Charities, to bring medical care to victims of the earthquake.
While the immediate needs in Haiti -- food, water, medical supplies -- are great, in the coming months it will also be important for members of our community to join with others in rebuilding Haiti's infrastructure, including its schools. Governor O'Malley issued a statement with information regarding how Marylanders can coordinate relief efforts. The information can be accessed here: http://www.governor.maryland.gov/pressreleases/100114b.asp.
In addition to the direct steps people are taking to aid Haitians, I know I speak for the entire USM community in saying that our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti and with all of those who have ties to that nation.
William E. "Brit" Kirwan
University System of Maryland