March 11, 2006
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Lewis & Clark community mobilized to welcome displaced students from Gulf Coast colleges and universities and to reach out to provide relief.
Like many colleges and universities around the nation, Lewis & Clark waived tuition for students who had already paid tuition at their home schools for the fall term. The undergraduate college accepted more than a dozen students and the law school accepted many students as well. The graduate school’s Oregon Center for Inquiry and Social Innovation spearheaded efforts to provide counseling teams and education teams to help evacuees.
The tragedy also prompted community discussion and analysis. On September 15, the College hosted a brown-bag forum titled Understanding Katrina and Its Aftermath: Local, National, and Global Views. The forum explored responses to the disaster by local and national state authorities, the international community, and the media.
Lewis & Clark continues to assist in relief efforts. Over spring break, the Office of Student Leadership and Service will send a group of undergraduates to help with rebuilding efforts in New Orleans.