Stanford reaching out to disaster-affected students

As it did in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma and the earthquake in southern Mexico, Stanford is in the process of reaching out to students who live in areas affected by the Sept. 19 earthquake in Mexico.

“We are continuing to monitor these latest natural disasters with great concern for everyone who is affected,” said Provost Persis Drell. “We again are working to contact students in the affected regions to see how the university might be able to help as they prepare to head to Stanford for the beginning of the fall quarter.”

Student Affairs staff have already reached out to students who live in the Texas and Louisiana areas affected by Harvey; in the Caribbean and Florida, which Hurricane Irma swept through; and in the three states of Mexico hardest hit by the magnitude-8.2 earthquake. They are now reaching out to those affected in the central part of Mexico affected by the Sept. 19 quake.

For instance, the university has reached out to 294 students in Texas and Louisiana who might have been affected by Hurricane Harvey; 372 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean Islands or Florida who might have been affected by Hurricane Irma; and 108 in the Mexican states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Tabasco, where an earthquake recently struck. Some 65 student have been contacted in central Mexico.

Students can contact the university for assistance with their individual needs. New students are encouraged to contact Edith Wu, associate dean for Undergraduate Advising and Research, while upperclass students should contact Koren Bakkegard, associate dean for Residential Education. Graduate students should contact Ken Hsu, assistant vice provost and director for the Graduate Life Office.