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History

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Haiti has had a history of invasion and conquest, followed by revolt and revolution against oppressive governments, defining a people willing to fight for their autonomy and freedoms.

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Information on Haiti

Visit the Syracuse University Library website to search for books, articles, videos, and other resources on Haiti. 

Also visit the library subject guide, Haiti-Support@Syracuse University.

Commentary and Dialogue

We welcome your comments, suggestions and information to share. Email us at suhaiti@syr.edu.

Syracuse University and Haiti

Welcome to the Syracuse University website on Haiti. This site will be a location for information and insight about Haitian history, culture, and rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of the massive earthquake of January 2010.  The site is launched to coincide with the beginning of the Syracuse University-Université d’État d’Häiti (State University of Haiti, UEH) Exchange Program, a collaboration between the two universities as part of the rebuilding effort, with particular focus on restoring the higher education system in Haiti. Read more

SU-UEH Exchange Program

Haiti students

On April 30-May 7, a delegation from Syracuse University traveled to Haiti to meet with our colleagues at the State University of Haiti to implement the SU-UEH exchange program.  The SU Haiti Support Committee (SUHSC) proposed an educational exchange program between Syracuse University and the State University of Haiti (UEH) in order for Haitian students and faculty to continue and enhance their studies in areas where needs were particularly great toward the rebuilding efforts. Learn more

Meet the Students

Haiti students

The first group of six exchange students from the State University of Haiti arrived at SU at the beginning of the Fall 2010 semester. From left are Ketler Plaisimnd, Jean Michel Lacour, Christophia Jospitre, Alphonse Antenor & McCleve Joseph (not pictured is Bendy Estime). Meet our exchange students here.

Technology Outreach Project

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The State University of Haiti (UEH) suffered devastating losses to their facilities and modest information technology infrastructure from the 2010 earthquake. SU's Information Technology Services department has partnered with UEH to not only restore what little IT was in place across the UEH system before it was decimated, but also to modernize UEH's networking capabilities and to work towards a range of centralized, contemporary higher ed-oriented applications and administrative capabilities. Read more

Haitian People - "Kombit"

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For all the political violence, turmoil and upheavals through the centuries of Haitian history, the people of Haiti have survived due to resilience, determination and a strong sense of community.  "Kombit," a Haitian Creole term, is used to define a community working together towards a common goal. The term has been particularly apropos since the earthquake, and it explains the strength of the Haitian people as a whole. View photo gallery.

Earthquake 2010

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The earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 was catastrophic in its measure and effect.  The epicenter of the earthquake was just outside of Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital city.  An estimated 250,000 people died directly from the earthquake or its aftermath.  Over 300,000 people were injured, and over 1 million people were rendered homeless.  In addition, over 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings were destroyed or severely damaged. View photo gallery.

Art in Haitian Society

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Franketienne is a Haitian artist, novelist, playwright, poet, philosopher, and according to many, a prophet. Dr. Jean Jonassaint, professor in the Languages, Literature and Linguisitics Department at SU is quoted in the New York Times on this Father of Haitian letters. 

See how Haitian artists and poets survived amid the rubble of the 2010 Earthquake in this PBS video.

Get an up-close look at Haitian art by visiting our photo gallery.