Hurricane season in the United States has been unprecedented.
Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria were all powerful. When Maria hit as a category 4 hurricane, she struck Puerto Rico with "all her might". Now, American universities are coming to the rescue.
While recovery efforts are underway, students at the University of Puerto Rico like Andrés Martínez-Muñiz, one of the 50 students from the university, boarded a plane to Providence, Rhode Island. Martínez-Muñiz will finish his fall semester studies, as well as his spring, if necessary, at Brown University. The effort is part of the university, along with MIT and the University of Houston, marshaling services to alleviate the devastation on the island.
Brown President Christina Paxton has said in a statement, “Even as the Brown community is supporting relief agencies...to the people of Puerto Rico, we also are contributing in ways that align with our core strengths of teaching and research.”
Other students were recommended by the University of Puerto Rico, too, and Brown expects to sponsor and enroll all 49 of them, along with Martínez-Muñiz, covering traveling costs and room and board. Not only students, however, Brown plans to offer teaching positions to professors, as well.
This wouldn’t be a first, at Brown. After Hurricane Katrina and the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Brown had also previously hosted displaced students and scholars.
"Brown is working to minimize that effect and to offer opportunities to students affected by this natural disaster… This is why universities should open their doors and help.”