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DRLA has rolling enrollment and is now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 term.

The Graduate Program in Disaster Resilience Leadership equips students with an interdisciplinary view of the challenges and best practice approaches to leadership in the disaster resilience and humanitarian aid fields to prepares them for careers in:

  • emergency preparedness
  • disaster management
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • nonprofit leadership
  • grass-root development
  • disaster risk and recovery

About DRLA

Interdisciplinary Academic Center

DRLA is an interdisciplinary academic center with participating faculty from Tulane's School of Social Work, School of Architecture, A.B. Freeman School of Business, School of Law, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the Departments of Mathematics, Economics and Sociology. Collectively, the program faculty work to create a supportive and cooperative academic environment for students. Academy faculty bring a wealth of knowledge and research, as well as hands-on field experience, providing students with an interdisciplinary view of the challenges and best practice approaches to leadership in the disaster resilience and humanitarian aid field.

Why Now and Why Tulane University?

The emerging field of Disaster Resilience Leadership is an innovative response developed as a direct result of failures in disaster leadership, including the analysis of Post-Katrina New Orleans. Although there are many graduate programs that focus on disaster and risk management, none of them specifically targets the role and development of leadership and resiliency in producing effective programs or outcomes, making the DRLA Academic Program the first with such an innovative focus.

Based upon research that the DRLA leadership has conducted with reputational leaders in the field, including leaders from within other premier academic institutions, international organizations, prestigious NGOs, the United Nations, the donor community, think tanks, and the Red Cross movement, it is widely agreed that a systematic and interdisciplinary approach to leadership is widely needed in the community and insufficiently addressed in most academic programs. As Tulane University itself has exhibited such resilience and strength of leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it represents an ideal setting to support such an approach to disaster resilience leadership education and allows students to experience the living laboratory of recovery and resilience that is the city of New Orleans.

DRLA Mission

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) is dedicated to the systematic strengthening of global humanitarian leadership, a process that integrates education, research, and application – to achieve increased resilience in communities and individuals impacted by natural and manmade disasters. Such leadership is guided by the ethics of the Triple Bottom Line: Equity, Environment, and Economy.

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy is part of the Tulane School of Social Work. The DRLA's mission of strengthening leadership in communities to address root causes of vulnerability, such as chronic poverty and social inequality, is supported by the School of Social Work's dedication to teaching students about human diversity and the importance of promoting social and environmental justice.

Although there are many graduate programs that focus on disaster and risk management, none of them specifically target the role and development of leadership and resilience in producing effective programs or outcomes, making the DRL Academic Program the first with such a dynamic and innovative focus.

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Science (DRLS) Graduate Degree Program is a broad-based, integrative, and evidence-based graduate program that addresses relationships among the physical environment, the built environment, the social, economic, and political institutions and processes that characterize communities that are vulnerable to disasters. The program applies the knowledge of the context of disasters to leadership that leads to more resilient and sustainable post-disaster communities. The purpose of the DRL Graduate Program is to prepare students for professional careers in: (a) communities that are affected by and vulnerable to disaster destruction and disruption; (b) organizations that focus on all phases of disaster management (preparedness, response, recovery, and risk reduction); and, (c) leadership and upper level management positions within organizations and communities that require strong leadership for the promotion of an increased level of resilience.

DRLA Core Competencies

DRLA Core Competencies

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy is the first disaster and risk management graduate program that specifically targets the creation and development of future leaders with a focus on resilience models that produce effective and positive outcomes.

As current and future leaders, our students experience a robust leadership capacity to facilitate effective resilient programs.

Degree Programs

  • Master of Science in DRL

    The program aims to advance the field of disaster resilience leadership by training and nurturing current and future leaders with various time formats, as well as promoting research and stimulating global innovation in the disaster resilience and humanitarian assistance community.

  • Dual Degrees: MSW/MS

    Designed for motivated students wishing to pursue a career that supports the capacity of vulnerable populations to address the root causes of humanitarian crises.

  • Certificate in DRL

    The Certificate in Disaster Resilience Leadership focuses on the 5 core academic competency courses: Human and Social Factors, Disaster Economics, Disaster Operations and Policy, Environment and Infrastructure, and Leadership.

Why DRLA

The DRL graduate program applies the knowledge of the context of disasters to leadership that leads to resilient, sustainable, post-disaster communities.  Students include current and future professionals from a variety of fields who want to develop and hone the skills needed to lead with confidence.

DRLA News

DRLA Director to Deliver Keynote at University of West Indies

DRLA Director Dr. Reggie Ferreira will be the keynote speaker at the 4th Bienniel Postgraduate Conference of the Behavioural Sciences Department at the University of the West Indies.

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DRLA Accepted to Global Resilience Partnership

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy within the Tulane University School of Social Work has been accepted as an official member of the Global Resilience Partnership.

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DRLA Director Dr. Reggie Ferreira Provides Insight to Animal Wellness Blog

DRLA Director Dr. Reggie Ferreira provided his insight on Animal Wellness, a blog dedicated helping animal lovers ensure a long, healthy life for their pets.

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