"In the Eye of a Hurricane": A Narrative Account of the Efforts and Emotions of University Stakeholders Responding to Hurricane Maria
Keywords:community disaster, Hurricane Maria, multi-stakeholder collaboration, narratives, trauma
Despite the physical distance between Puerto Rico and Connecticut, this narrative describes how a multi-stakeholder group supporting Latinx university student initiatives experienced Hurricane Maria and its aftermath from a distance, on their campus at the University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut. Lyrics written by Puerto Rican playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda provide a compelling metaphorical framework for understanding these experiences and coming to terms with the loss facilitated by both natural and man-made disasters. The authors share their experiences of confronting feelings of fear, loss, guilt, and anger even as they focused on mobilizing a campus response to Hurricane Maria, which included relief, activist, and healing work. They share lessons learned about multi-stakeholder collaboration, and they highlight how they responded to the lack of infrastructure at multiple levels.
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NARRATIVES OF PROFESSIONAL HELPING
Cleveland State University
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