GC Students Selected to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria - Puerto RicoGraduate Center Ph.D. students Diane Price Banks (Urban Education) and Michele Chinitz (English) will help with hands-on rebuilding projects in Puerto Rico this summer as part of a New York State program to help the territory recover from the damage wrought by Hurricane Maria.
 
During their two-week service trips, the students will contribute to ongoing efforts to repair roofs and remove mold from buildings in San Juan and Barranquitas. Hundreds of students from the CUNY and SUNY system are travelling to the territory this summer as part of New York Stands with Puerto Rico.
 
Banks and Chinitz are among about 200 students who were accepted out of about 2,800 applicants. The students were assessed on their commitment to service, work ethic, professionalism, and cultural empathy.
 
Banks hopes to draw on her specialized knowledge during her service trip. “With my background in microbiology and leadership, I’d personally like my team to set a record for the most number of homes cleaned (mold removal) and roofed,” said Banks, who is also an assistant professor of biological sciences at Bronx Community College and the director of the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program. “The more houses we complete, the more people can go home and rekindle an inkling of the life they once lived.”

Submitted on: JUN 26, 2018

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