Quake damaged wall at the Bibliotheque du SoleilThe Center for Black Studies Research has established a Haiti Relief Committee comprised of student groups, faculty staff and community members that will address emergency relief and develop long term sustainable projects in Haiti. After the catastrophic earthquake, the needs are many and varied. As its first project, using an "adopt a neighborhood" model, the committee is working closely with the Bibliothèque du Soleil, a neighborhood library and community center in the Carrefour Feuilles section of devastated Port au Prince. The Center's long-term involvement with the Bibliothèque—which will need to be completely rebuilt—will help target areas of greatest need for greatest impact in the community as identified by members of the Haiti Relief Committee.

The committee's first supported project is documenting loss within the Carrefour Feuilles neighborhood. Bibliothèque du Soleil staff members are helping assess the needs of the community. These efforts include a census-like accounting of households, the missing or dead and the survivors, as well as recording damage to property. More importantly, interviews and personal narratives of the survivors are being recorded and archived.

Why the Center for Black Studies Research?

Center for Black Studies Research LogoFor over twenty years, the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research has worked to provide a forum for Haitian Studies scholars, publishing The Journal of Haitian Studies, the only peer-reviewed journal devoted to Haitian history, politics and culture. The Center also houses KOSANBA, the Congress of Santa Barbara, a scholarly association for the study of Haitian Vodou.

Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council LogoThe Human Rights Council is an activist forum centered on facilitating and amplifying the progressive interaction of student groups within UCSB and our greater community.

Haiti Soleil

Haiti Soleil LogoHaiti Soleil is a nonprofit corporation based in Berkeley, California. Haiti Soleil is founded on the belief that to bring about social change in Haiti, the country needs to empower young people by giving them access to safe nurturing spaces, and providing them with opportunities for intellectual exchange and creative expression. We believe the potential of a society is fulfilled only when all its citizens have access to information. Haiti Soleil seeks to cultivate the intellectual growth of Haiti’s children so they will become self-sufficient, and responsible advocates for a just and civilized society.


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UCSB Haiti Relief in the News

“UC Summit Sets Stage for Continued Relief” (Santa Barbara Independent, May 1, 2010)
“The long haul : Local nonprofits help Haitians recover and rebuild their future after the earthquake” (Santa Barbara News-Press [requires registration/subscription] , April 28, 2010)
“UC Aims to Help Haiti” (UCSB Daily Nexus, April 26, 2010)
“UC Students Mobilize for Haiti” (UC Newsroom, April 26, 2010)

April 18, 2010 • 7-9 pm
Westmont College
Kerrwood Hall

A reprise of the successful SB City College event! Featured poets will include Perie Longo, Paul Logo Portugés, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Alice M. Scharper, Barry Spacks, David Starkey, and Chryss Yost. Slideshow showing Bibliothéque du Soleil, before and after the quake.

Poets for Haiti
February 28, 2010 • 7-9 pm
Santa Barbara City College
Fé Bland Forum

Poto Mitan Poster
February 26, 2010 • 7:00 pm
UCSB Corwin Pavilion.
Sponsored by the Black Student Union. More about Poto Mitan>

UCSB Students Raise Almost $50K (February 17 • Daily Nexus archives)

Fonkoze BenefitWednesday, February 17 • 7:00 pm
Martyrs are hosting their first annual Valentine's Day Benefit Party. The show is going to be a fundraiser for Haiti. All proceeds will benefit the Fonkoze Microlending group in Haiti.We are bringing together Santa Barbara's finest young talent for a great cause. Featuring: Martyrs Loomis and the Lust Verna Beware The Windmill Vandals Tommy and the High Pilots (acoustic) Cost: $10 $8 if you bring 2 canned food items Plus. The first 20 people to come get 2 free gyros from the Greek House Cafe! So wear red, bring cheeks for kissing, and let's have a great time for an even greater cause.

Haiti Relief Benefit Concert
Haiti Benefit Concert
January 27, 2010 • UCSB Corwin Pavilion

Haiti Fallen, Haiti Rising: Forum on the Haitian Earthquake Disaster
Haiti Fallen, Haiti Rising
January 21, 2010 • UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater

A.S. Sends Funds to Shaken Nation (January 21 • Daily Nexus archive)

UCSB Associated Students Legislative Council Donates to Quake Victims (January 15 • Daily Nexus archives)


The UCSB Center for Black Studies

The Human Rights Council

HAITI Soleil

The Haitian Studies Association

Kosanba, A Scholarly Association for the Study of Haitian Vodou

Divine Haiti: An introduction to Haitian Vodou

The Journal of Haitian Studies

University of California, Santa Barbara


Kombit CD cover
Music by Chuck D & the SLAMJAMZ

Lambi Fund of Haiti

Gawou Ginou

Foundation Hopr for Haiti

Arts of Haiti