Yale SOM Dean Shares Alumni Connection to Organization Providing Aid to Haiti
In a blog post late last week, Yale School of Management (SOM) Dean Sharon Oster spoke to the tragic situation in Haiti, which was struck by a major earthquake on Tuesday. Acknowledging that many members of the SOM community have expressed a desire to help, she shared details about an aid organization led by a Yale SOM alumnus and advisory board member.
“Many organizations are currently rushing to provide relief and assistance to people in Haiti, but one has a particular SOM connection,” Oster wrote. The organization, Mercy Corps, has significant experience responding to humanitarian crises around the globe and had last week already deployed an emergency team to Port-au-Prince, Oster continued. Mercy Corps is led by CEO Neal Keny-Guyer, who graduated from Yale SOM in 1982 and today is a member of the SOM Board of Advisors and the Yale Corporation.
Oster directed members of the Yale SOM community to the Mercy Corps website for details on how to offer support, adding that a special Yale SOM Haiti Fundraiser Response page has been created there to allow members of the SOM community to join together in making a financial donation toward relief efforts. Oster committed $1,000 to start the SOM fundraising drive and, as of this writing, a total of $7,208 has been raised.
“I know I speak for the entire SOM community in sending condolences and sympathy to those affected by this tragedy,” she concluded.
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