With Hurricane Dorian’s threat to Florida passed, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Jacksonville satellite site will resume normal operations on Friday. The Tallahassee main campus, the FAMU College of Law in Orlando, and the Crestview, Davie, Brooksville and Tampa satellite locations are all open.
The FAMU community has turned its focus to assisting Bahamian students whose relatives and friends have been severely affected by Dorian’s destruction.
President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., and senior administrators met with Bahamian students at Lee Hall Wednesday evening to reassure them that University staff will do all they can to ensure students’ academic success in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian’s destruction of the Bahamas.
“We are here to help in any way we can,” Robinson said. “We want their college experience to be the least of their worries.”
According to the FAMU Office of International Education and Development, 38 Bahamians students are registered at FAMU. However, as administrators noted during Wednesday’s meeting, that number does not include Bahamian-American students or Bahamian students who are permanent residents in the U.S. Many of them have relatives and friends who have also suffered hurricane damage.
During the gathering, each student gave a status update about their relatives at home in the islands. Administrators also introduced students to the administrative staff who can provide the help they need – academic, financial or psychological. Robinson said administrators are also working with the Student Government Association to coordinate relief efforts.
The Office of Counseling Services has licensed counselors available around the clock. Students can go alone, in pairs or in groups to get professional help.
They can call to speak with a licensed counselor (850) 599-3145 or after hours (833) 848-1765. Students can also download WellTrack app for interactive self-help therapy.
Those who want to help can visit the FAMU Foundation website and donate to the FAMU Cares Hurricane Relief Fund at Account #2197.
“We want to ensure the funds go to legitimate places and where they could have the most impact,” Robinson said.
Nonperishable relief supplies, such as personal hygiene products, can be taken to the 24-hour drop-off location at the FAMU Police Department, 2400 Wahnish Way.