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Campus reaches out in aftermath of Japan disaster

A Japan earthquake and tsunami website has been created for information and updates.

L.A. Cicero Stanford vigil for victims of Japan disaster

Stanford students, faculty and staff participated in the vigil for victims of the devastation in Japan on Tuesday.

At a vigil Tuesday for those affected by last week's devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, President John Hennessy told those in attendance in Memorial Church, "Remembrance is not enough."

He noted that Stanford has a longstanding relationship with the people of Japan. Five students from Japan were members of Stanford's founding class in 1891. The university's current 15,000 alumni in Japan are the largest group of alumni outside of the United States.

"I hope to see our community send help to our fellow human beings," Hennessy said, adding that committing to help the living is the best way to honor those who have died.

Among the efforts taking place in response to the crisis is a relief effort organized by the Stanford Japanese Association. Their website includes information and a link for Red Cross donations.

To donate to the Red Cross, go to its website, use your phone to text REDCROSS at 90999 to make a $10 donation, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

The Stanford Office of University Communications has created a website to provide the community with updates and relief information.

Update on travel programs

The Bing Overseas Studies Program in Kyoto has been canceled for spring quarter. There were no BOSP-sponsored students in Japan at the time of the earthquake and tsunami.

Noting that there was still a great deal of uncertainty about Japan's short-term recovery, Irene Kennedy, executive director of the Bing Overseas Studies Program, wrote in a letter to students planning to participate in the Kyoto program, "In light of the unknown future impacts on Japan's infrastructure, it's not likely we could provide the full breadth and depth of programming we are accustomed to offering.  We are also sensitive to placing any additional burdens on the already strained infrastructure in Japan."  

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, which is administered by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, has accounted for all its students. 

A Global Study Trip to Japan, sponsored by the Graduate School of Business, has been canceled. Thirty MBA students and a Business School faculty member were scheduled to travel to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka March 20-28. Those directly affected by this cancellation may email Kimberley Williams or call her at (650) 725-5441.

Campus support resources

The Bechtel International Center has been assisting those who are trying to find out about community members who may be affected by the disaster. Contact John Pearson or Shalini Bhutani.

For graduate students, the staff in the Graduate Life Office is available.

The staff at CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
in the Vaden Health Center also is available for confidential meetings with students.

The Office for Religious Life offers resources and guidance.

The Asian American Activities Center is also a resource.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and department offices are also valuable resources.

The Faculty and Staff Help Center provides professional, confidential, brief counseling to active faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars of Stanford University, Stanford Hospital, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Menlo Medical Clinic and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Retirees, spouses, domestic partners and eligible dependents up to age 26 are also eligible for these services. Call (650) 723-4577.