The Chronicle of Higher Education features an interview with Saint Mary's Modern Languages Professor Claude Malary about returning to his home country of Haiti during a summer "January Term" communication and service-learning class trip to the earthquake ravaged nation. A January 12 earthquake in Haiti left more than 220,000 dead, 300,000-plus injured and more than 1 million homeless.
Eight SMC students participated in the course "Documenting (and Defying) Disaster: Direct Earthquake Relief in Haiti," which was led by co-instructors Shawny Anderson and Malary. The students spent 21 days in Haiti, providing relief service and helping to rebuild some college classrooms in the Port-au-Prince area.
Along with their volunteer service, the students produced multimedia projects, including a blog to document stories of earthquake survivors, to keep their own family members updated about their status and to inform concerned citizens around the globe about conditions in Haiti six months after the quake.