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Disaster Resilience Leadership Summer Institute

Tulane University's DRLA Summer Institute 2015 is proud to offer two courses in Washington, D.C.


DRLS 6710

Institutions & Politics of Humanitarian Advocacy (3 credit) July 1 – July 14, 2015

Held at the United States Institute of Peace

 This course will introduce students to critical  professional  skills  for humanitarian advocacy. We will explore the international and  domestic politics of humanitarian decision-­‐making; career paths in the field; practical  tools  for policy change, e.g. drafting policy memoranda and legislative proposals, creating coalitions, managing procurement etc.; and fundamental challenges such as civil-­‐ military and public-­‐private cooperation, the intersection of diplomacy  and humanitarianism, whole-­‐community resilience, and "human  security."  The course will combine in-­‐class seminars, field visits, guest lectures, and tabletop exercises.    We    will    visit    (or will interview senior representatives from e.g. Congress, the Department of Homeland Security (including FEMA), the Department of State, the Department  of Defense, and USAID; NGOs such as InterAction and the American Red Cross; and preeminent think tanks e.g. Brookings (Internal Displacement program) and CSIS (Humanitarian Crisis Response project). Students will be expected to draft a peer-­‐reviewed advocacy paper that will reflect the professional requirements of change leadership in the humanitarian field: for instance in light of the current debate about the "post-­‐ Millennium Development Goals agenda."


DRLS 6720

Case Studies in Disaster Operations (3 credit) July 15 – July 28, 2015

Held at World Vision

 Why does the response to some disasters succeed while others fail? What recovery and relief practices result in rebuilding a more resilient community? How has social media changed disaster communications? What are the attributes of an effective disaster operations capability? This course will seek to answer these and other questions concerning domestic and international disaster operations through an examination of a series of case studies and informed discussions with disaster managers from government agencies, NGOs, voluntary organizations, donors, international financial institutions, and the business community. Taking full advantage of being in Washington, DC, guest speakers from FEMA/DHS, the World Bank, the Red Cross, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Save the Children, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD), USAID/OFDA, and others will be invited to provide their perspectives on such recent disasters as Syria, the Ebola outbreak, Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, recent cyclones in the Philippines, the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Boston Marathon Bombings and more. A day trip to New York City to meet with disaster officials at the United Nations will also be planned.



To Apply:

In order to attend any of the DRL Summer Institute courses, the DRLA will disseminate additional information in the near future. 

Please note, the format of registration is unique as compared to regular Fall/Spring/Summer courses, in that, a limited number of students are admitted into the Summer Institute program (based on application review by the Faculty Steering Committee) and will be added to the course directly by the department. Accordingly, although there will be a deadline for application submission, once this has been announced, we suggest that students apply as soon as possible in order to expedite the process of being added to the course.

Further, all course offerings are subject to minimum course enrollment.

For any questions, please contact the DRLA at

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