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Long before a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, social workers were already among the countless humanitarian workers and aid organizations attending to the impoverished country’s physical and emotional needs. In the months ahead, these same workers will play an even more vital role as extensive efforts to rebuild shattered infrastructure and lives begin.
This summer, School of Social Work faculty members Mat Despard and Gina Chowa had planned to be developing two projects both hoped could assist in the long-term efforts of building a healthier and more economically stable Haiti. Then the Jan. 12 earthquake hit. The two UNC colleagues have since shifted their priorities and are now focusing their energy and expertise to provide more immediate relief to young survivors in one rural area of the country.
UNC School of Social Work response
UNC has announced that classes are cancelled until 10:00 a.m. for Monday, Feb. 1, 2010.
At the School of Social Work, regarding those after 10:00 a.m., classes are cancelled at the discretion of the instructor. Instructors will e-mail students if their class is cancelled.
All noontime speakers and events have been cancelled and so has the morning private practice panel.
Due to the expected winter weather, the School of Social Work's hooding ceremony that was scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30 has been cancelled.