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Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy Summer Institute

Summer Institute students gain in-depth insight into domestic disaster operations and US humanitarian assistance through coursework and networking in the hub of US disaster management, Washington, DC.

The DRLA DC Summer Institute, led by Senior Fellow, Professor George Haddow, completed a successful term in June. The course covered the following topics: current and past US Humanitarian Assistance; domestic policy; domestic disaster operations; international NGOS (Non-Governmental Organizations); domestic NGOs; and disaster risk reduction.

Students had the opportunity to learn from a vast array of leading professionals in the field while immersing themselves in the day-to-day life of select organizations through group trips, such as the opportunity to learn from the Acting Director of Acting Director of the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness Response (OHSEPR) in the Administration for Children & Families (ACF).

The class visited The American Red Cross Headquarters, FEMA DC offices, and the Department of Health and Human Services.  

Past Courses of the Summer Institute

Organizations Represented During the Disaster Resilience Summer Institute 

President of Public Private Partners, OFDA, Former Chief of Staff to FEMA Director, Congressional Research Services, Howard County, MD Emergency Management,  Acting Director of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),  Office of Human Services, Emergency Preparedness Response  (OHSEPR) in the Administration for Children & Families (ACF,  Save the Children Senior Director of Global Safety and Security, InterAction, Catholic Charities, World Vision, United Nations, DCMC Partners, ATCS, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, The World Bank, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

Disaster Resilience Summer Institute Testimonials

"The DRLA DC Summer Institute is by far the most valuable course I've ever taken. I'm very pleased to have had the opportunity to meet, learn from, and question current disaster managers from both the domestic and international world. Being located in Washington DC is absolutely key, as it is the hub of the American disaster management world. Now when I imagine a career at the American Red Cross, FEMA, or Save the Children I have true context from which to make future career decisions.  This course has really opened my eyes to what opportunities I have and what I need to do to pursue those opportunities." 
- Will Gaston
 
"It is literally the best money I have spent on a class to date. Subject matter experts present in their specific areas, you get to tour various agencies, and the format is open and inviting. There is no death by PowerPoint, and you get real world advice. This is what EVERY class should be."
-Lt. Daniel Hauck, TUPD Patrol Division, Downtown 2nd Watch