As our campus reopened this week, we have been able to learn of many of the needs of our students who were impacted by the storm. Some of our students lost items such as textbooks and laptops that need to be replaced, while others lost cars and homes, and are in need of temporary arrangements for transportation and shelter.
Many of you have asked if there are ways for you and your schools to help our students. To facilitate this, our university has established a centralized giving site for those wishing to make a contribution to assist in our students’ recovery efforts. If you’d like to contribute to this, the site is available here: UH Cougar Emergency Fund. You can designate your contribution for our social work students by adding “Hurricane Harvey Relief for GCSW Students” once you click through the first page of the giving site. Our students will be able to access these funds for any non-tuition related need resulting from Hurricane Harvey.
Please know that we are doing everything we can to assist our students in need. In addition to helping to meet their financial needs, we have arranged for multiple self-care activities, including meditation rooms, yoga, and facilitated group processing sessions. My goal is for all of our students to have what they need to be successful this semester and that none of our students feels the need to withdraw from the program due to the impact of the storm.
Alan Dettlaff, PhD
Dean and Maconda Brown O’Connor Endowed Dean’s Chair
University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work