Newhouse student heads to Puerto Rico to aid in hurricane recovery efforts

by Kelly Homan Rodoski

December 14, 2017

Elissa Candiotti, a Remembrance Scholar and broadcast and digital journalism major, will go with 22 other students in a trip co-sponsored by Hendricks Chapel and the Student Association

During this holiday season, 23 Syracuse University students and two advisors are headed to Puerto Rico to help in the recovery from the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which struck the island this past fall.

The group will depart for Puerto Rico on Dec. 16 and return on Dec. 22. While there, the group will work with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief on tasks including clean-up efforts, demolition and delivering supplies in the greater San Juan area. You can follow the group on the trip here.

Elissa Candiotti, a senior broadcast and digital journalism major in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, has a particular inspiration for applying for the trip.

“My experience as a Remembrance Scholar has motivated me to continue casting light in the dark shadows of tragedy,” she says. “It has been difficult to see and read about the ways in which Puerto Rico is still struggling to recover from the hurricanes after so many months, and I am determined to make a difference.”

All say they plan to continue their efforts to bring awareness about Puerto Rico and the needs there once they return to Syracuse. “As a broadcast and digital journalism major, I plan to use my storytelling skills while in Puerto Rico,” says Candiotti. “When I return, I will share those written and visual stories with the Syracuse community.”

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