The Earthquake in Japan

"Our hearts go out to our students who have families in the Western Pacific and to the people of Japan. We hope and pray for the safety of their loved ones during this crisis. “ 

It is hard to comprehend such desperate situations especially when they take place at some distance removed from us, but the AUSB community has a direct link to a major relief organization that is right here in town and is already involved in the Japan relief efforts.

Direct Relief International is one of the premier relief agencies in the world. It is located right here in Santa Barbara and one of the members of the AUSB Board of Trustees, Thomas Tighe, is the President and CEO of DRI.  Direct Relief has a 99% efficiency rating so any help you provide through them gets directly to those who need it. Go to and learn more about the organization and how you can help!