Student Affairs response to the February 2023 earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Dear Trojan community,

Over the past week, USC and the world have witnessed the devastation in Turkey and Syria due to the deadly earthquakes. We share your concerns as the humanitarian crisis continues to unfold and recognize that many USC students, staff, and faculty are deeply and personally impacted by this tragedy. We invite our entire Trojan community to participate in a vigil for the lives lost and for the families indelibly impacted by this disaster. We will gather at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, at the University Religious Center (URC) courtyard.

The Office of International Services (OIS) and Campus Support and Intervention reached out to hundreds of international students and scholars from Syria and Turkey to offer resources and support. Deans and schools have also reached out to their Turkish and Syrian students and faculty with letters of support and resources.

We know many more Trojans are impacted and hurting, and we will continue our efforts to identify and reach others.

If you or your family – or a fellow Trojan – need support during this difficult time, please reach out to – we are standing by to help. USC Campus Support and Intervention can support students, staff, and faculty.

For USC students:

For USC staff and faculty:

Support of those in need exemplifies the community of care we have built together, grounded in USC’s unifying values.

USC shared the U.S. Agency for International Development’s list of vetted organizations for donations and amplified efforts by the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles to advertise drop-off locations for new or unused medical supplies and cold weather gear. This followed posts on Twitter and Instagram by President Carol L. Folt shortly after the earthquake occurred.

It is only through community and acknowledging our grief and loss that we can act and heal. We applaud and admire the efforts of our students, as well as our staff and faculty, and will continue to amplify their humanitarian work at the university-level. Our actions and commitment as a Trojan Family must go beyond expressions of sadness and horror and show up as tangible support over the coming days, weeks, months, and possibly years as the region and the worldwide Turkish and Syrian communities survive, grieve, and rebuild.

Monique S. Allard
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Varun Soni
Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life