The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) hosted a hurricane recovery fundraiser in Washington, DC last Saturday. After hurricanes Irma and Maria, the university created a UVI Relief Fund to support students, faculty, and staff impacted by the storms. The storms devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands and inflicted significant damage to UVI. More than 2,600 students and staff members were affected by the storms.
Though the university has achieved great progress in continuing to operate, there is still significant individual need among students, faculty, and staff. To help meet their needs, University of Virgin Islands President David Hall organized the hurricane recovery fundraiser. UVI leaders, APLU President Peter McPherson, and others in the higher education community attended the event. While in Washington, UVI leadership also visited Capitol Hill to engage lawmakers and their staff on the issue of disaster recovery.