65 March 30th Tsunami Town Hall and Continued Work of the U of T Tsunami Response Steering Committee

PDAD&C #65, 2004-05


Professor Patricia McCarney
Associate Vice President, International Research and Development
Date: March 15, 2005

March 30th Tsunami Town Hall and Continued Work of the University of Toronto Tsunami Response Steering Committee


On February 4, 2005, the University of Toronto started an important series of discussions about the long-term contribution to the reconstruction that researchers and students can provide to the countries affected by the December 26 tsunamis in Asia. A preliminary set of discussions focused on programmatic areas that represent the first assessment of the University’s response to the tsunami reconstruction. Academic leaders from our various U of T divisions have started to identify the University’s expertise and capacities that can be used to contribute to the areas identified as priorities for rehabilitation and reconstruction.

On March 30, 2005, the University will hold a U of T Tsunami Town Hall to bring together the University community to continue the identification of the University’s commitments and how these can be leveraged most effectively to assist in the international aid effort over the coming months and years.  The Tsunami Town Hall will be held between 12 and 2PM in the Great Hall of Hart House.

To coordinate the work of the Tsunami Town Hall and Partner Roundtable and subsequent actions, the U of T Tsunami Response Steering Committee has been established. Currently, the Committee is inviting faculty members and students to express their interest and declare their expertise. This would allow U of T to establish a data-base of skills for consultancy, research or training related to the post-tsunami reconstruction and capacity-building initiatives.

I would very much appreciate if you could place this memo on your divisional web-sites and encourage your faculty and students to attend the Tsunami Town Hall and also send their expert statements to