Tulane University's
Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy
Interim Website

Please click here for an interactive map of DRLA programmatic partners

Topics of the Month

Strengthening Collaboration on Humanitarian Emergency Response

The West Africa Ebola crisis, the deadly April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, and ongoing crises in Syria, Central African Republic, and beyond have exposed weaknesses of global humanitarian emergency response efforts. Complex humanitarian emergencies require a constellation of actors from different sectors working collaboratively to save lives and provide critical services. A new report by the Disaster Resilience Group, A Networked Approach to Strengthening Emergency Response Capacity, draws lessons from international and local networks and offers recommendations for building capacity among first- and second-line responders and strengthening networks for emergency response. Panelists will present the report's findings and discuss how they might be implemented to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of emergency response. 

Click here to view the report...

Gates Foundation gives $3.5 million to Tulane disaster resilience program

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA), housed in the Tulane School of Social Work, has been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to implement the second phase of its Disaster Resilience Leadership (DRL) program over the next three years.

Read the full story about the grant here...


Upcoming Events

Nepal Earthquake: Lessons on Recovery & Resilience

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy is pleased to host Honourable Gangalal Tuladhar, Member of Parliament & Former Education Minister of Nepal, on Monday, November 16th at 6:30pm at Joseph Jones Hall, Room 204.  Honourable Tuladhar is the Coordinator for the National Campaign for Disaster Risk Reduction Nepal (NCDRR), a network of Members of Parliament working to promote the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Nepal. Honourable Tuladhar, an advisor to former Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister during the recent Nepal Earthquake Emergency Response and Coordination, organizes regular academic and parliamentarian seminar series for evidence based local risk management system and policies in Nepal. A reception will follow.

This event is sponsored by Forum Tulane and is free and open to the public. Download flyer here...

Former FDNY Chief Edward Kilduff is scheduled to guest lecture DRLS 6010 on Wednesday, November 11th.

Currently enrolled DRLA students are welcome to join. Please send your RSVP to Tona Zwanziger at tzwanzig@tulane.edu as space is limited.

During his distinguished career, Chief Kilduff was Chief of Department, FDNY's highest-ranking uniformed officer, from 2010 until he retired in 2014. He also served as an Incident Commander with the FDNY's Incident Management Team (IMT) group - trained by the federal government in management of large-scale disasters - and helped lead the agency's response to Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, when more than 600 members were deployed to conduct rescue and recovery efforts for the city of New Orleans.He was a key member of the senior management team that created the Department's first two Strategic Plans in 2004-2005 and 2007-2008. These plans served as road maps for rebuilding after the September 11 (2001) attacks, and advanced numerous major agency-wide initiatives. As a deputy chief in 2001, he worked as night commander for months after 9/11, supervising FDNY members working on rescue and recovery operations at the World Trade Center site.

DRLA Spotlights:

Faculty Achievement

As of July 2015, Dr. John Edwards was appointed the DRLA Graduate Academic Director. He brings over 25 years of applied experience in developing countries and his fields of interest include Development Economics, Public Finance, and the Economics of Education. In addition to his current role, Dr. Edwards is an Associate Professor of Economics with joint appointments at Tulane University's Department of Economics and the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies. He has held professional positions at the University of California, Berkeley, the World Bank, and Tulane University where he served as Chairman from 2006 to 2008 during the post-Katrina recovery period. Dr. Edwards is the faculty lead for the Leadership Analytics academic pillar and he has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including courses such as microeconomic theory, public finance, economic development, labor economics, project evaluation, economic development of Latin America, and leadership analytics.

Student Research

Tim Hefflinger has been collaborating with Dr. Catherine Burnette of the Tulane School of Social Work in recent months on her work on resilience among Native American women who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Their research has coalesced into two articles that have been submitted for publication. "Honoring Narratives of Resilience: Protective Factors Identified by Indigenous Women Who Have Experienced Violence," has been submitted to The Journal of Primary Prevention and focuses on individual-level protective factors that indigenous American women have found to be important to their well-being after experiencing violence. "Identifying Community Risk Factors for Violence against Indigenous Women: A Framework of Historical Oppression and Resilience" has been submitted to the journal Traumatology and takes a community-level approach to understanding the risk factors that are unique to Native American communities. In both of these articles, Tim and Dr. Burnette use a lens of resiliency to examine the unique attributes of IPV among Native women. Their research will hopefully fill a critical gap in the literature and inform social work practice for this vulnerable population.

Alumni Betzler

Since graduation Bjorn has been responding to the crisis in Syria and has worked with International Medical Corps, Mercy Corps, and as of this update is the Food Security Coordinator for GOAL.  Bjornspecializes in large-scale emergency response programming with a systems-based, market-integrated approach to food security. GOAL is an international development organization that works toward ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable in our world and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental rights of life, including but not limited to adequate shelter, food, water and sanitation, healthcare and education.