Students at Black Colleges Do Their Part to Help Haiti’s Earthquake Victims

There has been a tremendous outpouring of public support for the victims of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. A nationwide telethon on January 22 alone raised close to $60 million.

Colleges and universities across the United States are involved in the relief effort. Students and faculty at Dartmouth College have raised more than $140,000.

Students at many black colleges and universities come from low-income families. But these students are pitching in as well. Here are just a few examples:

• At Howard University in Washington, D.C., more than $15,000 has been raised.

• Clark Atlanta University has set up sites throughout its campus where students can deposit cash or checks or make credit card contributions.

• The Haitian Student Association at Delaware State University has placed boxes around campus asking students to drop in their spare change.

• Students at the business school of Kentucky State University held car washes to raise funds for earthquake victims.

• At Hampton University $5 from every ticket sold to home basketball games went to relief organizations.

• Students at Winston-Salem State University went door to door in campus residence halls seeking donations.