Message from President Robinson regarding Hurricane Irma

The Graduate Center - Office of the President

September 14, 2017

Dear Members of the GC Community,

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have left unimaginable destruction in their wake. From Florida to Texas and across the Caribbean, rescue and recovery efforts continue, and it will likely take months or years before affected communities are healed. While the storms did not reach us here in New York City, Irma’s impact hit very close to home. 
One of our GC colleagues lost a family member when the storm hit the British Virgin Islands. I know you join me in extending condolences to her and her family. In addition, the families of many of our students and staff are experiencing unfolding hardships. Please know that our counseling services are here to help and support you in the weeks ahead.
In the immediate aftermath of natural disaster, tragic loss of human life understandably claims our emotions and energy. We are unable to consider the impact storms like Irma have on the balance of human and ecological systems that are critical to the work and lives of our students, faculty, and local communities. As Irma moved across the Caribbean, a significant research facility on the island of Barbuda was hard hit. This is a devastating blow to the important work undertaken and led by Dr. Sophia Perdikaris and to the island’s residents, who have been wonderful partners and collaborators from the inception of the Barbuda Archeological Research Center to the expansion into the Barbuda Research Complex. Such news is a reminder of the impressive global reach of the work undertaken at the GC.
In the days and weeks ahead, rebuilding efforts in Florida, Texas, and across the Caribbean will begin in earnest. Our thoughts are with all of those who are in the recovery zones of these devastating storms. Be sure to check and the GC’s social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter regularly for news and information on how you can support or be a part of these efforts. 
Thank you.

Kind regards,
Chase F. Robinson Signature

Chase F. Robinson

Submitted on: SEP 14, 2017

Category: President's Office - Community Message