Office of the President

Support for the people of Turkey and Syria

February 11, 2023

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

This past week has brought about enormous loss for the people of Turkey and Syria. The death toll, now nearing 24,000, has continued to rise. Thousands of survivors now face what the World Health Organization has called “a secondary disaster,” as they confront cold weather conditions without a place to live.

Many of us at Brandeis have strong connections with people who have been devastated by this earthquake. I have reached out to individuals throughout this week to let them know that our community is thinking of them, offering the university’s support during this incredibly difficult time. I’d also like to share some resources with the university community, as I know that many of you are looking for ways to help.

Some vetted organizations, which we have also shared via our InBrief newsletter, that are providing relief to the people of Turkey and Syria include:

  • UNICEF, which is on the ground in Turkey and Syria helping children and families.
  • The Turkish Red Crescent, which is providing nutritional services and blood supplies for those affected or wounded by the earthquakes.
  • Humanity & Inclusion, which is distributing food and basic household necessities, focusing on seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are providing medical aid.
  • The Syrian American Medical Society is providing urgent medical care. You can donate here or by texting EarthquakeSyria to 71777.
  • And the social justice organization CARE International is working to assess the most urgent needs in the area, delivering blankets, food, mattresses, tents, and other non-food items to people in need amid the harsh weather conditions.

I know that many of us are feeling a deep sadness for those who have been affected by this tragedy. In times such as these, Brandesians come together, in our shared commitment to do what we can to help repair the world. I am so very fortunate to be a part of a community of people who care so deeply for one another.


Ron Liebowitz