Rebuilding the Philippines Forum Mar. 13

March 12, 2015

Friday, March 13th, join MIT community members as they share reflections on their work towards reconstruction efforts in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The event will run from 1:00 to 2:30 PM in Room 4-270 and will include brief presentations and an opportunity for discussion and networking. The destruction Typhoon Haiyan left in its wake in November 2013 was historic: damage estimated at $1.5 billion and a human cost of more than 6,000 people dead and nearly 2,000 missing. In writing to the community during the weekend of the typhoon, President Rafael Reif extended his condolences to the people of the Philippines and asked Provost Martin Schmidt and Faculty Chair Steven Hall to explore ways in which MIT might aid in the Philippines’ recovery efforts. Shortly thereafter, Provost Schmidt and Professor Hall wrote to the community to describe efforts already underway and to outline a relief process that would draw on MIT’s strengths. In the past 15 months, students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae from all five schools of MIT have joined together to provide relief to hard-hit communities, to aid existing organizations in recovery work, and envision a resilient and sustainable future for the Philippines and other geographically vulnerable sites.  We are proud of MIT’s contributions, but work continues, and we hope next week’s forum will generate further ideas and connections.

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