Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy
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2016 DRLA Summer InstituteThe DRLA is pleased to announce that the dates have been set for the 2016 DRLA Summer Institute in Washington D.C.
Institutions & Politics of Humanitarian Advocacy
July 1 - July 15, 2016
Explores International and Domestic:
• Humanitarian decision making
• Career paths in the field
• Practical tools for policy change
• Dynamics between diplomacy and humanitarianism, resilience, and human security
• NGOs such as InterAction and the American Red Cross
• Prominent think tanks such as Brookings Institute and CSIS Congress
• U.S. Governmental agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA
Case Studies in Disaster Operations
July 18 - July 29, 2016
Examine and Discuss:
• Success/failure in disaster response
• Recovery and relief practices resulting in more resilient communities
• Impacts of social media on disaster communications
• Attributes of an effective disaster operations capability
Guest Speakers/Visits include:
• The World Bank
• National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD)
• The United Nations
Institutional Consultancy to Strengthen Social Welfare Workforce in Rwanda
In response to UNICEF's request for institutional services to support the capacity development of the professional and para-professional social welfare workforce in Rwanda, Tulane's DRLA is embarking on a two year long program with an innovative approach to human capacity development. This program will emphasize collaborative and experiential learning, learning transfer and measurement, and the establishment of learning communities. Through this program, DRLA will enhance learning outcomes and job performance, building upon evidence-based practices, and will contribute to the strengthening of the national social welfare workforce via close collaboration with Rwanda's National Commission for Children.
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.
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.
Journey to India
Each September, for fourteen consecutive years, Ron Marks, dean of the School of Social Work conducts the "Journey to India" class. Last fall, 5 of the 14 student participants were working towards their MS in Disaster Resilience. The journey is an immersive one and offers the opportunity to intimately engage with the Tibetan refugee exile community. After arriving in Delhi, the group travels north to the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains to Dharamsala, home of the largest number of Tibetans in exile, the home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. One of the central goals of this experience is to enable an understanding of the needs of the Tibetan exile community and to interact with social and health programs working towards meeting these needs. Equally important is the opportunity to learn the ancient wisdom traditions brought to India from Tibet by this exile community. Overall, the experience provides an opportunity to enhance ones professional growth, develop personally, and to see the vitally important interconnection between these two areas.
Pictured right are the 14 MSW and MS Disaster Resilience students with Dean Ron Marks and Dr. Carolyn Weaver, co-teacher, with Ama Ahde, pictured in the center. Ama Ahde is a Tibetan elder who spent 27 years in a Chinese prison, accused of aiding the Tibetan resistance movement in the 1960's. She is the author of "The Voice that Remembers."
Upcoming Events & Announcements
In early January, DRLA faculty member Holly Scheib held a workshop in community engagement for the northern Europe operational center of Médecins Sans Frontièresin Amsterdam. Dr. Scheib presented on community engagement principles, best practices, and strategies for programs and measurement in an active workshop with health team leads and community health specialists representing diverse MSF service areas and several European offices. During the 2-day session, the organization studied prior programs and current policies to facilitate discussion on realities of engagement within humanitarian settings. Dr. Scheib has served as a measurement consultant to a variety of international and domestic non-profit organizations working in humanitarian aid. With DRLA, she assists on measurement and evaluation on several projects and is currently teaching an evaluation course.
Ms. Hardin served as Executive Director for Evacuteer.org, a New Orleans based non-profit tasked with assisting with City Assisted Evacuation during climatic events. During her time at the organization, she oversaw the largest growth in preparedness programming for vulnerable populations throughout the city, record numbers of trained evacuation volunteers, data driven transit research and mapping, and completion of Evacuspots, a emergency preparedness public art project. After returning to Washington D.C., Ms. Hardin now works as Global Security Manager for International Relief and Development, responsible for supporting 17 tactical security teams within 9 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and South America. Her duties include: conducting field site security risk assessments, developing and delivering training curricula to 1,800+ field and HQ staff on enterprise risk and security management, and analyzing the likelihood and impact of organizational threats in order to advise senior leadership on mitigative actions. Due to operating in conflict and active combat zones, much of Ms. Hardin's focus is on safety and security planning for personnel and guard force staffing, travel and transport, hardline perimeter and facility enhancement, compound access point systems, as well as contingency planning for crisis-level incidents. Ms. Hardin is a NAEMT Tactical Casualty Combat Care medic, IAEM Associate Emergency Manager and Hostile Environment Anti-Terrorism (HEAT) certified security professional.