November 1, 2012
|FROM:||Neil Kerwin, President|
|SUBJECT:||Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
As AU students, faculty, and staff have resumed their routines in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it is clear how this storm’s destruction has deeply affected the AU community. Many in our campus community grew up along the East Coast and have family and close friends in the areas hardest hit.
As we take in the enormity of the storm’s damage, it is inevitable that those who have experienced personal losses or have loved ones in danger or suffering in the storm’s aftermath may feel sadness and distress.
We remind you that professional help is available to students through the Counseling Center (202-885-3500). Students may ask about a support group when they contact the Counseling Center.
Faculty and staff may seek assistance through the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (202-885-2593). The chaplains at the Kay Spiritual Life Center also are available for support.
For helpful advice on managing traumatic stress and assessing whether you should consult with a trained mental health professional, you may go to a web resource provided by the American Psychological Association.
One of AU’s greatest strengths is our sense of community in difficult times. This is one of those times when many among us would appreciate extra concern and a helping hand.
Thank you for doing what you can to support our students and colleagues as our extended university community and nation recover from Hurricane Sandy. More information on how to help with hurricane recovery efforts is available on the FEMA website.
AU's strategic plan, Leadership for a Changing World, outlines goals and objectives for the next decade at American University. Visit american.edu/strategicplan for more information. (myAU.american.edu login required for some documents)