CCSU, Ana Grace Project launch Puerto Rico initiative

Published on Thursday, 5 October 2017 22:23
Written by Skyler Frazer

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - In the wake of several humanitarian crises in Texas, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, Central Connecticut State University has announced the CCSU-Ana Grace Project Relief Effort.

The fundraising initiative will collect donations to prepare the area for the expected influx of students displaced from these areas.

The CCSU-Ana Grace Project Relief Effort will begin collecting donations at CCSU’s Homecoming on Saturday.

All contributions collected will be channeled to the CCSU-Ana Grace Project Relief Effort in support of:

n Scholarship funds available to eligible individuals from the disaster areas who wish to pursue educational opportunities at CCSU.

nSpace in CCSU’s Institute of Technology and Business Development to house a Welcome Center, which will provide support and services for families enrolling their students in the district.

nThe 11 elementary schools under the Ana Grace Project.

“When I was in Miami last week to pick up my mother who had just left Puerto Rico, the sight of all those who had traveled with her was almost overwhelmingly sad,” CCSU President Zulma Toro said when announcing the initiative. “I recognized immediately that the families displaced by this catastrophe will need our help when, as expected, many of them reach Connecticut. This fundraising initiative is one way that Central can step up and serve as a resource for our communities.”

To make a donation to the CCSU-Ana Grace Project Relief Effort online, go to .

Meanwhile, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian submitted a proposal to the Finance & Infrastructure Committee of the Board of Regents on Thursday that would allow students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands impacted by Hurricane Maria to continue their studies at CSCU.

“As a public higher education institution, we don’t want to witness students having their education indefinitely interrupted through no fault of their own,” Ojakian said in the announcement. “This is an extremely difficult moment and as the state and country coalesce to offer help, we want to do our part to support our extended community while they repair and rebuild.”

In the proposal, displaced full-time and part-time students from the University of Puerto Rico and the University of the Virgin Islands can attend one of the four CSCU universities or twelve community colleges, paying in-state tuition rates, until their schools are able to function appropriately.

In addition to paying in-state tuition rates, displaced students will receive additional support services to assist with the transition.

“Things are moving quickly and so must we. So this proposal is intended to help facilitate a response as needs become clearer regarding educational continuity for the hurricane victims,” said Board of Regents Chairman Matt Fleury.

The proposal will be discussed by the Finance & Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday, Oct. 11. If passed, a resolution will go before the full Board of Regents for a vote on Thursday, Oct. 19.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Thursday, 5 October 2017 22:23. Updated: Thursday, 5 October 2017 22:25.