Red Cross chapter launches on campus

Technews Writer
Sat Sep 28, 2013
“I have been a member of the Red Cross for eight years and have witnessed the great impact and relief they provided during dire times,” said Jahna Soomer-James, the founder of the newly formed Red Cross IIT chapter.  “Creating a Red Cross IIT chapter allows us access to resources that will help us raise awareness on issues that impact our lives like campus safety and disaster preparedness while connecting us to other university chapters like Loyola, Northwestern and University of Chicago.” Soomer-James remarked that because IIT is so diverse and the students have such a strong presence in the community, she thought that it would make sense to incorporate “the largest humanitarian organization that has an equally international representation into our campus life.”

Red Cross IIT’s mission is to promote the principles of the American Red Cross. These principles include humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality while providing biomedical, health and safety, disaster relief, armed forces emergency and international services. Members of the organization will be able to develop values such as accountability, commitment, trustworthiness, collaboration and humanitarianism.

Students as well as faculty are invited to join Red Cross IIT in learning new skills, being trained and certified in courses such as First Aid (CPR and AED), babysitting, water safety and Pet First Aid. Those who are trained can have the opportunity to be deployed when emergency assistance is needed in other parts of the country. Moreover, these acquired skills can be useful in the event of emergencies such as fires, flooding and snow storms that may affect the IIT community and Chicago at large. Students, especially those living alone for the first time, will also be sensitized about securing all important documents that can be easily carried with them upon evacuation when emergencies occur.

Red Cross IIT invites everyone who is interested in learning more about the organization and partnering with the American Red Cross to their first General Body Meeting on Tuesday, October 1 at 1 p.m. in the Siegel Hall auditorium.  Their American Red Cross headquarters advisor will also be speaking to the attendees at this meeting, and will be assisting those interested in creating an American Red Cross volunteer connection profile and helping them enlist in their certification courses that will be offered.

The organization’s page can be found both on Facebook ( and HawkLink (, where the upcoming activities will be posted.
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2013 - Fall - Issue 5