A Letter from the Dean following the Tragedy in Haiti

January 19, 2010

The following is a letter from Dean David T. Ellwood to the Harvard Kennedy School community. Originally sent Thursday, 14. Jan., 2010.

Dear HKS Community,

This week’s earthquake in Haiti left in its path a loss of life and devastation that is almost unimaginable. All of us here at the Kennedy School are joined in solidarity and support for those who have suffered. Our hearts go out to those who have had family or friends affected by the tragedy. Please know that you and the people of Haiti are in our thoughts and prayers.

As you saw in President Faust’s email earlier today, the university has set up a website that lists organizations that are responding to the crisis in Haiti, as well as groups that support the local Haitian community at http://president.harvard.edu/news/100114_haiti.php. In the days and weeks ahead, we will all look for ways to be helpful in whatever ways we can. The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is coordinating a response team, which is described at http://hhi.harvard.edu/.

This tragedy and so many others remind all of us just how critical it is that we work together to support each other, using our heads and our hearts and our resources with purpose and passion.

My sincerest thanks to all of you who are concerned and wish to help.


David T. Ellwood, Dean
Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy

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