As we all know, Hurricane Harvey took a heavy toll on our region, with thousands experiencing flood-damaged homes, and even more seeking federal assistance for storm-related damages and costs.
The Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, like most of Rice University, was fortunate to escape largely unscathed. However, many of our community members – our students, our staff, our instructors – were less fortunate. Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected. At the same time, our gratitude and admiration goes out to those who offered help to others in need – not only the first responders who put the well-being of others ahead of their own personal safety, but the neighbors who helped other neighbors with food, clothing, shelter, funds, and other basic needs. When a crisis descends upon Houston, it brings out the best in us.
Our mission at the Glasscock School is to serve as a bridge between Rice University and the greater Houston community. We will not let a storm like Harvey sway us from that mission. As with the rest of Houston, we intend to push forward. In that spirit, we are planning to maintain our regular catalog of personal and professional courses for this fall. Our courses offer the opportunity to build community, provide direction to nonprofit organizations as they serve those in great need, deliver training to professionals, convene experts to explore the most pressing issues facing our community and world, nurture children’s development and provide teachers with tools to create life-changing classrooms. Many of the courses focus on helping people reduce stress, seek creative expression, share stories, and rediscover the world. Providing these resources is always a need, but even more so in the coming weeks and months.
Houston will survive Hurricane Harvey just as we have survived previous misfortunes. With hard work and clear thinking, Houston may emerge from this disaster stronger than ever and in better shape to withstand the next inevitable challenge to come our way. We hope you will join us for classes and other programs this fall to work together, to rebuild our city, and to make Houston a model of resilience for the entire country.
Dean Mary McIntire