Office of the Provost


Dear Colleagues:

The University of Pittsburgh, as an institution and a community, has been deeply touched by the challenges facing residents of the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and is extending help in many different ways.

As many of you know from first-hand experience, we are working with students, both graduate and undergraduate, who are seeking a temporary academic home for the fall term. We are participating in planning for a regional response to citizens who have been evacuated from New Orleans and are seeking shelter in Western Pennsylvania. We are marshalling considerable resources to fundraise for relief efforts. And we are sending faculty with experience and expertise in public health and disaster response to the affected regions.

But in truth, we are all living in an “affected region”; this disaster’s effects range far beyond the Gulf Coast. Those effects – and the University’s continued efforts to respond effectively to related needs – will continue for months to come. Pitt faculty, staff, and students have spoken out with passion and eloquence about their concern and their desire to help, and I am very proud to be a member of this University community.

Communication regarding the University response is emerging from a number of different directions, and so I have collected some of those moments in the list below of links to information regarding that response. I will update this list as needed throughout the fall term.


Jim Maher

Information on University Response

August 31

Provost's Message to Council of Deans: Coordinated Response

September 1

"Many Here Responding in Hurricane's Aftermath" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Provost's Message to Council of Deans: Helping University Communities in New Orleans

September 2

University Responds to Hurricane Katrina

"Region Mobilizes to Help ‘Heal’ Devastated South" Pittsburgh Tribune Review

September 7

"Local Colleges Open Doors to Displaced Students" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Continuing Efforts in Response to Hurricane Katrina

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