Essex County College and Rutgers University recently provided badly needed supplies to help combat the ongoing outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia. Under the Council of Higher Education in Newark (CHEN), a collaborative partnership between New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University at Newark, and Essex under the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC) umbrella, the organizations joined forces for this initiative.
Essex President Dr. Gale E. Gibson was able to present to Renee DeLancey, representing Director Ousseina Alidou at Rutgers’s Center for African Studies in Piscataway, a number of needed items, including:
- 10,000 pairs of gloves
- 600 heavy duty garbage bags
- 80 bars of disinfectant soap
- 35 containers of Lysol disinfectant wipes
- 16 bottles of liquid disinfectant soap
Dr. Dean Marcia Brown, who is also special assistant to Rutgers’s Chancellor Nancy Cantor, assisted in connecting the African Studies Center with Essex County College. The overall effort is through the Center’s Rutgers Emergency Medical Assistance to Fight Ebola in West Africa – Starting in Liberia.
“Our donation to this worthwhile endeavor is the right thing to do,” said Dr. Gibson. She noted that one of the College’s recently adopted Strategic Goals is Collaborative Partnerships with the Community, something in which this humanitarian donation fits.
Rutgers University Distinguished Professor Jim Simon, of the School of Environmental and Biological Studies and part of the medical assistance team, was impressed by the generous donation and the collaboration between the two colleges.
Essex County College, with students from some 50 nations, has been establishing recently academic relationships with a number of countries including Sierra Leone, also hit hard by the Ebola virus.
Rutgers University at Newark has a long historical connection to Liberia, including working closely with the University of Liberia and Cuttington University. The outbreak had prompted RU@N to establish the Emergency Action Committee to assist its partnering Liberian institutions to combat this growing threat to the people of Liberia.
- Cash donations to the medical supply efforts may be made at http://www.gofundme.com/d12hp8
Photo above, from left: Essex President’s Office Assistant Jasmine Perez; Program Coordinator for the Rutgers Center for Global Advancement & International Affairs Kim Pernice; Assistant to the Director of the Center for African Studies at Rutgers Rene DeLancey, and Essex Coordinator to the President & Trustees Rasheedah Billups.