Statement from President Simmons

The tragic aftermath of the earthquake in Japan demands that the University respond in a concerted and careful way with humanitarian assistance. In that regard, I have appointed Marisa Quinn, Vice President for Public Affairs and University Relations, to oversee our coordinated approach to the disaster. This effort will include support for student engagement, broader relief efforts, scientific and humanitarian help, assistance to universities, and other aid that we have provided in past disasters. The following website has been established to collect and communicate about our ongoing activities

Soon after the earthquake struck, we offered help to President Atsushi Seike at our long time partner institution Keio University. We also have been working to ascertain what is needed that would be most beneficially provided by Brown; this work is still underway. To support those measures undertaken by campus groups and individuals, I am establishing a fund specific to this purpose. The fund will provide for assistance in staffing our response as well as travel and other resources for our coordinated efforts.

Anyone interested in participating in this effort may contact Susan Jamiel with questions and ideas. In addition the Japanese Cultural Association is providing a mechanism for students to be involved. Please contact co-presidents Rie Yamamato or Kenji Morimoto with any questions.

The magnitude of this still unfolding tragedy cannot be overstated. I urge your involvement as we do what we can to assist the people of Japan.


Ruth J. Simmons