Responding to the Disaster in Japan

Relief Efforts

Duke Partnership for Service Grant Opportunities
Duke Partnership for Service (dPS) offers up to $500 of start-up funding for impromptu projects related to rallying students behind communities of need. Students interested in initiating projects in support of Japan relief efforts are encourage to apply.

For those of you looking for ways to support relief efforts in Japan, the NY Times has compiled the following list of organizations actively responding in the region.

A listing of all Japan relief events at Duke is available here:

If you are planning an event in support of Japan relief efforts, please submit your event to Events@Duke at We will post relief events to this site only as they appear on Events@Duke.

Duke University Travel Policy Updates

Student Travel to Japan Restricted
March 15, 2011

Durham, NC -- Duke's International Travel Oversight Committee voted March 15 to place a full-country restriction on travel to the country of Japan. This change comes as the concern for public safety grows, problems with infrastructure and disruptions to transportation in and out of the country are occurring. More

Student Travel to Northern Japan Restricted
March 14, 2011

In the aftermath of Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Japan and in light of damages sustained by several nuclear power stations in the country, the Duke International Travel Oversight Committee voted March 13 to restrict travel to northern portions of Honshu, the main island of Japan. More

News and Information

Duke in Pictures: Vigil for Japan
March 21, 2011

DURHAM, NC -- The Duke community held a candlelight vigil Friday night in front of Duke Chapel to remember the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan this month. The vigil was organized by Alpha Kappa Delta Phi and Kappa Phi Lambda sororities and the Asian Student Association. More.

Watching Japan: Faculty, students, share stories, discuss next steps
March 16, 2011

Durham, NC -- Three-and-a-half frantic hours passed before Namika Sagara could confirm that all her family members in Japan were safe following last Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami. More

Support Offered for Those Affected by Earthquake in Japan
March 11, 2011

As the impact of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan unfolds, Duke is closely monitoring the situation. As of Sunday, the university had accounted for all Duke-affiliated travelers who it was aware of being in Japan, and none was in any danger. More