Haiti Rising - Welcome
Nick Entrikin, Vice Provost of International Studies
Nick Entrikin, Vice Provost of International Studies, delivered the welcome remarks. He expressed that despite land devastation, the human spirit remains robust. Natural disasters have occurred throughout history, but the January earthquake was so severe because Haiti's underlying poverty and human injustices exacerbated nature's havoc. While people attend to immediate concerns of infrastructure and human health, something is forgotten: the psychological loss of everyday social order.
This was part of Haiti Rising, whereby discussion panelists presented different perspectives on Haiti's situation, converging on the main theme of empowering local Haitian communities and being sensitive to their cultures and needs.
The free event was organized by International Development Studies students and faculty. They collaborated with African Studies, History, the Bunche Center for African American Studies, the UCLA Center for Black Studies Research, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Support came from the UCLA Graduate Division, International Institute and event attendees.
Published: Friday, March 05, 2010