Spring Break Project: Rebuilding Gulf Coast

January 31, 2006

As part of an interdisciplinary, service-learning course, more than 150 students will participate in a course that analyzes natural disasters. "Natural Catastrophes: Rebuilding from Ruins" is co-sponsored by the Pratt School of Engineering, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, and the Sanford Institute of Public Policy.

Besides analyzing various factors that cause disasters, students will explore how societies plan for and respond to the immediate and long-term issues associated with survival and reconstruction. Students can elect to participate in a service-learning trip to the Gulf Coast over spring break (March 10-20) to assist in the rebuilding effort under the aegis of Habitat for Humanity, the United Methodist Church, and other nonprofit agencies.