WHAT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY IN ADDRESSING NATURAL DISASTERS AS MEMBERS OF THE HARVARD COMMUNITY?(more in expanded post)
1) Many upset alumni have written letters criticizing Harvard’s post-disaster efforts (such as matching donation programs) and have argued that Harvard’s role is to be an educational institution, not a charitable one – that they donated their dollars for new buildings, professorial salaries, etc and not for disaster relief. Does Harvard as an institution have a responsibility to do more than educate in times following these tragedies?
2) What is our responsibility as Harvard students in the wake of these disasters? Is donating money the solution or not enough? How do we make the most of our resources and standing in the world in our responses to these events?
3) Why do certain disasters seem to be prioritized over others? Is this justifiable? Understandable? Inevitable?
4) In our responses to unexpected natural disasters (like the earthquake, hurricane, etc), do we privilege these more instantaneous events in comparison to perhaps greater, persisting problems that we might have more control over such as disease, poverty, etc?
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