CU Stands with Haiti

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The University of Colorado is challenging other Big 12 schools to a competition to raise money for Haiti relief efforts.

The CU project -- CU Stands with Haiti -- has several events planned throughout the week to help accomplish the campus' goal of raising $25,000 for Partners in Health, as part of a nationwide university challenge.

The CU endeavor is modeled after a successful Dartmouth University campaign and is setting a fundraising goal of $100,000 between all Big 12 participants, including CU.

Here are some of the upcoming events:

Lights, camera, donate

CU students are dimming their lights for a documentary screening that will benefit Haiti relief efforts.

CU ethnic studies professor Reiland Rabaka will introduce the documentary "The Road to Fondwa" at 7 tonight in Muenzinger Auditorium. Admission to the show is $5 and all proceeds to go to the CU Stands with Haiti efforts.

CU students Benjamin Leeds, Hiwot Shiferaw and Shewaga Gebre-Michael were moved to activism during their contemporary black movement class taught by Rabaka.

"Dr. Rabaka is an influential speaker and well respected on campus," Leeds said. "The class imparted this sense of giving back, that we need to do to help out and we felt like a hopeful message was the way to do it."


Leeds said they are hoping to pack the auditorium with more than 800 people, which would raise a minimum of $4,000 toward CU Stands with Haiti's total goal.

Speaker series

At no cost for admission, the price is right for students and the public to attend the Haiti Speaker Series.

Bring your bag of change or the last buck in your wallet as a donation to the discussion panel at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Humanities Room 250. With no cost of admission the price is right.

The speakers will discuss the current state of Haiti, as well as some background on the country and its people.

Speakers include Paul Casey, executive director of the Colorado Haiti Project, and Blair Gifford, associate director for the Center for Global Health.

Harmony helps

All five CU a cappella groups will sing a tune of relief during their Haiti benefit concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Boulder's Fox Theatre.

A cappella groups Mile 21, The Buffoons, Extreme Measures, In the Buff and On the Rocks will perform an upbeat tribute to raise money for CU Stands with Haiti. Admission is $6 at the door.

Attendees can look forward to a special surprise performance including every member of the five groups.

Erica Joos, of On the Rocks, aid the groups are switching their focus away from the music for once.

"This isn't about the music," Joos said. "It's about bringing people together for a cause."

The a cappella groups are hoping to raise more than $3,000 toward Haiti relief efforts.