Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

2010 Loyola's Response to the Flooding in Pakistan


Dear Loyolans,

I trust many of you are aware of the severe flooding that has occurred in Pakistan in recent months. The scope of this disaster is truly staggering. Millions of people have been left without homes. Food and medical care are desperately needed. It has been said that this is the largest humanitarian crisis the international community has ever faced.

The Loyola community is eager to support the survivors of this disaster by hosting a series of events during the week of October 4. These events, which are sponsored and coordinated by a team of Loyolans from across the University, will raise awareness and provide those who wish to do so with an opportunity to contribute to relief efforts. The week’s programs include the following events:

  • The entire Loyola community is invited to attend a free fundraising dinner on Thursday, October 7, at 7 p.m. in Mundelein Auditorium on the Lake Shore Campus. The event will feature Pakistani food, and there is no cost per plate. Featured speakers will include Loyola Professor Marcia Hermansen and Muneer Akhtar, the chair of the American Federation for Pakistan India, who will share updates and pictures of current conditions in Pakistan. Donations for relief efforts will be accepted and encouraged. Please RSVP to Rabia Khan at rkhan@luc.edu.

  • On Wednesday, October 6, at 4 p.m., the University will host concurrent teach-ins on the WTC and LSC:

    • How global climate change affects the distribution of water, droughts, and floods: Pakistan, a case study"
      Nancy Tuchman, PhD, Vice Provost and Professor of Biology
      Bremner Lounge, Centennial Forum Student Union, LSC 

    • "The Pakistan flood disaster’s effect on the agricultural production, economy, and rural-urban migration of Pakistan"
      Mine Cinar, PhD, Professor of Economics
      Terry Student Center, Rooms 303–304, WT

  • Throughout the week of October 4, at both WTC and LSC, volunteers will staff info tables to provide educational information about the flooding and opportunities to make donations.

For more information, please visit LUC.edu/loyolaresponds.

Let’s all keep the people of Pakistan and those who are assisting them in our prayers and thoughts.

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President, Loyola University Chicago