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    When AASCU receives status reports and information about campus assistance opportunities they will be posted on this Here for Houston site.

    The following AASCU members are listed in the FEMA disaster zone:

    • University of Houston-Clear Lake
      • #UHCL Strong – Hawk Emergency Fund
        To help UHCL students affected by the storm, visit https://giving.uh.edu/clake/, select “other” from the drop down box under Gift Information and enter “Harvey Relief” in the designation box.  Funds will support efforts to help students stay enrolled especially low-income students who often live in flood-prone areas. They need financial assistance the most to help them remove barriers to transportation, housing and food shortages.
        For more information contact Rhonda Thompson (thompsonr@uhcl.edu), Associate Vice President, University Advancement
    • University of Houston-Downtown
      • Refurbished Laptops
        The number of requests for support from students has now exceeded hundreds. Because students have been displaced and their home workstations damaged by flooding, the mobility of laptops appears to be the most helpful as they attempt to resume their education. If you can contribute refurbished laptops to benefit the students at UHD, please contact Mr. Hossein Shahrokhi, Chief Information Officer at UHD: 713-221-8542 or ShahrokhiH@uhd.edu​
      • #GatorStrong 

        The Gator Relief Fund supports students who have suffered personal losses following Hurricane Harvey. Funds donated provide assistance with replacing textbooks, supplies, technology, and for other immediate education-related needs. To contribute go to https://giving.uh.edu/uhdowntown and choose “Gator Relief Fund” in the dropdown menu.

    • University of Houston-Victoria
      • UHV Relief Fund
        The University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) has created a fund to help students who are facing hardship because of Hurricane Harvey. The UHV Relief Fund will offer small grants to individual students to replace lost or damaged items such as clothes, laptops, tablets, school supplies, books and more. To contribute to the fund, go to www.uhvconnect.org/donations and click on the UHV Relief Fund link or contact University Advancement at 361-570-4306. To learn more about the fund, contact Pisors at 361-570-4812 or pisorsj@uhv.edu.

    • Lamar University
    • Prairie View A&M University

    • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
      • Donations can be made online at  giving.tamucc.edu and under “Select an option” the donor can select “Student Emergency Fund” or “Izzy’s Food Pantry”. 

        You can also call 361-825-3292 to pay by credit card over the phone.

    • Texas A&M University-Kingsville
    • Texas Southern University
    • Texas Woman’s University-Houston Campus

    Harvey HELP Campaign

    Texas and national leaders from higher education associations, institutions, foundations and businesses have come together to launch the  Harvey HELP Fund, a crowd-sourced relief fund dedicated to aiding the close to 500,000 students impacted by Hurricane Harvey—almost a third of all of the college and university students in the state. HELP, which stands for Higher Education Learning Pathways, will provide emergency funds to enable students in southeast Texas to stay on or more quickly return to their education pathway.  

    The relief efforts are being led by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB); Austin Community College (ACC); Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC); Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT); Council of Public Universities Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC); Civitas Learning; and Communities Foundations of Texas (CFT), the parent of Educate Texas. 

    U.S. Department of Education Webinar

    Helping Families and Schools Recover in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

    In this webinar, held on Sept. 7, 2017, federal- and state-level presenters provided an overview of key supports available to schools and families through schools in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Topics included what to expect now that the storm has passed, what education rights and supports are available for students made homeless as a result of Hurricane Harvey, and what next steps you can take to help families and schools recover. The webinar also outlined what federal resources are available to get more information.

    Presenters included representatives from the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Homeless Education, Texas Education Agency, Texas Homeless Education Office, Louisiana Department of Education, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    View the presentation slide deck for more information.


    AASCU’s thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas as they deal with the devastating damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. We are greatly encouraged by the acts of generosity from community members and people around the country during this time of extraordinary need.
    We are also appreciative for the assistance offered by the U.S. Department of Education that can benefit our members. Earlier today, the Department activated its emergency response contact center to help the Texas higher education and K-12 communities deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The center’s contacts are toll-free by phone at 1-844-348-4082, or by email at HarveyRelief@ed.gov.  

    Texas is home to a dynamic, diverse constellation of public colleges and universities that provide high-quality educational opportunities to more than half a million students annually. AASCU is committed to supporting our campuses as they continue their mission of educational access and opportunity and regional stewardship and economic progress in service to Texas. 

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    In Our Own Words: Disaster Recovery Post-Katrina

    This article was written by Walter Bumphus, president of the Association of American Community Colleges, and his executive assistant, Angel Royal, when he was chief executive of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. It addresses disaster recovery after Katrina and includes a disaster preparedness checklist. Read article (pdf)