Suffolk Responds to Tsunami Tragedy

1/25/2005

"The Political Complexities of Tsunami Relief"
Wednesday, March 2, 2005 3 pm to 5pm, at Donahue 311
Shadia Marhaban and Miriam Young will discuss some history of the regions involved, the difficulties of getting aid to victims who have been the objects of ongoing political discrimination, ways to make sure that victims in these hard-hit areas really get the aid they need and that they do not become victims of further violence as they seek life-saving help from donors. They will also offer advice to willing donors who want to maximize the positive impact of their help.

Shadia Marhaba is an Acehnese journalist. She is a political refugee from Aceh and is
the coordinator of the International Network at the Aceh Referendum Information Center
(SITA).

Miriam Young, former director of Asia Pacific Center for Justice and Peace and current
Senior Program Officer for the RFK Center for Human Rights in Washington D.C., is a
leading advocate for policy which protects those endangered populations in Sri Lanka
and Aceh most savagely hit by the recent tsunami.

Suffolk also has several departments that can address specific student, faculty and staff concerns.

The Counseling Center is located in Ridgeway 305. Telephone: 617-573-8226.


The University Interfaith Center is in Donahue 539. Telephone: 617-573-8325.


The S.O.U.L.S. Community Service Center, which will be taking donations to be distributed to the American Red Cross and UNICEF, is in Donahue 424. Telephone: 617-305-6306.


Please visit www.usaid.gov, which contains information on agencies that are accepting donations for the relief effort.

Donating to the Tsunami Relief Efforts

The recent events of the Asian Tsunami have resulted in several clubs and organizations expressing interest in programming events to benefit the victims of this tragedy. The University has asked the S.O.U.L.S. Community Service Center to act as the central organizing resource for all of these events. If you are interested in hosting a fundraising event, please contact the S.O.U.L.S. office in the Donahue Building (Room 424, Telephone: 617-305-6306).

In order to keep all donations from student organizations trackable, as required under the university’s tax-exempt status, the business office has asked that all donations be channeled through the S.O.U.L.S. budget line. Your organization may still collect donations, hold fundraisers, etc., but cannot make donations directly from your organization’s budget to a non-profit. Instead, please deposit all collected funds in the S.O.U.L.S. account and label the deposit slip “TSUNAMI RELIEF.” The full amount will be donated equally to the American Red Cross and UNICEF. Both organizations are working on the relief effort, and S.O.U.L.S. has worked with both groups in the past.

Parental Guilt Expert Available to Comment About Tsunami

Jane Bybee, Ph.D., is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology at Suffolk University in Boston , MA. She is also an expert in the area of guilt, and is available to comment to the media on parental guilt as it relates to the horrifying circumstances following the devastating earthquake in Indonesia .

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