As some of you may be aware, on 19 September 2017 a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Central Mexico leaving unimaginable destruction and damage in its wake. Over 400 lives have been lost as a result.
Laureate has two major institutions in Mexico, Universidad del Valle de México (UVM) and UNITEC with over 200,000 students. We have had no reports of injuries among our students or staff, yet we are continuing to monitor the situation closely.
“We are Here for Good contributing to the relief efforts through our local team and campuses. Our campuses have set up donation centers to collect food and other relief supplies which are being donated to the Mexican Red Cross. We have more than 600 UVM doctors who are helping in hospitals, and we have nearly 300 psychology faculty who are providing support through a hotline.
Mexico has been an important country in the Laureate network for many years. We are committed to Mexico and the Mexican people, and our thoughts are with our Laureate community there. We will provide additional guidance early next week on how we will mobilize support.”
-Ricardo Berckemeyer, Laureate’s Chief Operating Officer.
We have set up a Go Fund Me campaign with a goal of $25,000. All funds received will go directly to members of our network who were significantly affected by the earthquakes. The Laureate Mexico team has identified many staff members who lost major portions of their homes and possessions and they expect that number to grow as relief efforts continue. The Laureate Mexico team has worked tirelessly to help members of our network affected by the earthquake, now it is our turn to help them in their efforts.
Join the Laureate community as we stand together to support Mexico!