Support for Japan - A Message from President Hultin

To the NYU‐Poly Community:

I'm sure you have been as saddened as I have been by destruction wrought upon Japan in the wake of last week’s unprecedented earthquake, tsunami and related destruction. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been impacted, as well as their families and friends.

Dean of Student Affairs Anita Farrington has reached out to our six students from Japan and three from Hawaii to offer them our support, and our Alumni Affairs office has been and will continue to be in contact with our alumni in Japan, as well.

The devastation across the Pacific can cause emotional distress here and we are ready to assist members of our NYU‐Poly community during and after the Spring Break:

  • Students who would like to talk to a counselor should contact our Counseling and Psychological Services center at (718) 260‐3456. You may also contact the NYU 24‐hour Wellness Exchange hotline at (212) 443‐9999.
  • If these events have impacted your academic or personal status, students may contact the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at (718) 260‐3823 or the Office of Student Development at (718) 260‐3800.
  • Faculty and staff can access counseling through the Employee Assistance and Work/Life Program, (800) 448‐4358 or TTY (800) 256‐1604.
  • The U.S. State Department is urging U.S. citizens to contact friends and family as soon as possible. They can also e‐mail the State Department at Those seeking information on security in or travel to Japan can call (888) 407‐4747 or (202) 501‐4444.
  • Google also is assisting in helping victims touch base with friends and loved ones. Its People Finder allows users to look for victims or post information about people. It works in five languages.
  • For those who wish to make a contribution toward the relief efforts, NYU has posted links to reputable sites and suggestions on how to ensure that your gift will reach those in need safely and most quickly.

Please join with me in the coming months to think of ways that we can marshal our resources and ingenuity to help the hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizens in need of support.

With deep concern and hope,

Jerry M. Hultin