Humanitarian Action Leadership Curriculum

We are not currently accepting applications for the graduate certificate.  You are invited to take single or multiple courses for graduate credit or for training.

Leadership in Crisis, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Recovery HAL505 (3SH) 
This course provides the background of and current responses to humanitarian crises. The scope includes the history, categories, theoretical models, prevention, mitigation and response to disasters caused by a complex mix of natural hazards and human action or inaction. Climate considerations are explored in each type of crises. Humanitarian response and disaster recovery efforts that can best promote resilience by reducing vulnerability and risk are highlighted. The prevailing assumption is that local communities are the first partners in response and outside agencies are in a supportive role offering resources and collaboration. The interaction between humanitarian response and long term development is included. An underlying thread is the analysis of leadership in humanitarian need situations to provide the student with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges for leadership.
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Instructor: Daryl Yoder Bontrager and Brenda Phillips

HAL Collaborative Stakeholder Analysis and Assessment HAL520 (3 SH) 
Successful engagement in humanitarian landscapes requires an understanding of the big picture at the community, regional and national levels. In this course emphasis will be placed on processes and tools to create a robust and holistic picture of assets, needs and opportunities. Major sectors addressed include civil, economic, educational, engineering, governmental, health, housing, natural science and social science. A focus on the world view and values of each sector enables the student to understand, work with and create partnerships between sectors with potentially cross cutting approaches to reach similar goals.

Instructor: Ann Hershberger with consultant Laura Powers

Trauma, Vulnerability and Resilience HAL510 (3 SH) 
Individuals and communities in crisis experience intense trauma and are amazingly resilient. Leaders in the humanitarian context must be equipped to understand and work within these complexities for themselves, the people they lead and the communities to which they respond. Individual and community assets and resilience will be studied as means of transforming trauma and enhancing psychosocial well-being within, but mainly after, complex violence and disaster situations. Students will be equipped to work with communities to recognize and build on their resilience as well as name and respond to the trauma experienced.
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Instructor: Brenda Phillips

Transformative, Facilitative Leadership HAL530 (3SH) 
Humanitarian workers throughout the world are faced with the need to collaborate, to quickly assess and to plan and manage projects. Personal traits and new leadership skills are essential for successful engagement. This course will start with personal formation including a focus on spiritual and values identification and development, interpersonal and intercultural relationships along with overall leadership self-assessment and a plan for development and accountability. Moving to the group, organization and community level, the course will encompass a survey of and engagement in requisite skills for humanitarians including forming collaborative coalitions and partnerships. Current and emerging theories of leadership will be addressed. Application in the students’ current work is an ongoing part of the course.
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Instructor: Ann Hershberger

Program/Project Planning, Management, and Evaluation HAL540 (3SH) 
This course explores management needs through each phase of the project life-cycle, from initiating, planning, performing, and closing projects. Projects are often funded differently than ongoing operations, thus special consideration is given to funding streams, grant writing and the effect of projects on overall organizational work. Secondly, this course is designed to prepare students to perform qualitative and quantitative program evaluations. The course format is participatory, experiential and adaptive. Students will conduct an actual professional assignment either in project planning or evaluation of an on-going program.
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Instructor: Ann Hershberger with consultant Matthew Ellingson

Internship HAL550 (3 SH)
A required internship provides HAL graduate certificate students with direct experience in a humanitarian situation either domestically or internationally. During this internship the student is required to work on a significant project defined by the partner agency. Internships will be arranged through the HAL center director and with relevant agencies. This can be in the agency where the student is currently employed.
Instructor: Ann Hershberger

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