Aug 30, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas, university, student and community volunteers are stepping up to do the right thing.

At the University of Houston, international students from India, who had recently arrived to start classes, were marooned in a campus dormitory.

In an article in the Washington Post, Anupam Ray, the consul general of India in Houston said, “The Indian community rallied to help the University of Houston.”  They brought students food and water, and the university is helping them relocate.  The campus remains closed through Labor Day, and the students expressed gratitude to the university and the local community. 

Students at the University of Houston’s law school also stepped up to help the entire community by using their trucks to pull people stranded in the cars to safety.  Others opened up their homes to those stranded and offered food and shelter.

Students displaced by the storm have sought shelter in other parts of Texas.  Officials and students at Baylor, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, and the University of Texas are helping to house students who are either displaced by the storm or need assistance.

The University of North Texas has also offered a hand to those students who have been affected by the storm.  In an article on Fox 4, the school said, “The University of North Texas is helping students affected by Hurricane Harvey by immediately admitting them and waiving application fees.”  They added, “UNT is already working with students to provide them with an educational home if they were displaced by the storm.”

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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