Florida A&M University (FAMU) is working to assist Bahamian students whose relatives and friends have been severely affected by Dorian’s destruction.
Dr. Larry Robinson, president of FAMU, and senior administrators met with Bahamian students at the Tallahassee campus on Wednesday evening to reassure them that the university’s staff will do all they can to ensure students’ academic success in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian’s destruction of the Bahamas.
“We are here to help in any way we can,” Robinson said. “We want their college experience to be the least of their worries.”
According to the FAMU Office of International Education and Development, 38 Bahamians students are registered at FAMU. However, as administrators noted during Wednesday’s meeting, that number does not include Bahamian-American students or Bahamian students who are permanent residents in the U.S.
Many of them have relatives and friends who have suffered hurricane damage.
During the gathering, each student gave a status update about their relatives at home in the islands. Administrators also introduced students to the administrative staff who can provide the help they need – academic, financial or psychological.
Robinson said administrators are also working with the Student Government Association to coordinate relief efforts.
The Office of Counseling Services has licensed counselors available to help students.
Those who want to help can visit the FAMU Foundation website and donate to the FAMU Cares Hurricane Relief Fund at Account #2197.
“We want to ensure the funds go to legitimate places and where they could have the most impact,” Robinson said.
Non-perishable relief supplies, such as personal hygiene products, can be taken to the 24-hour drop-off location at the FAMU Police Department, 2400 Wahnish Way, Tallahassee.