Summer 2024: Community Disaster Response

Community Disaster Response - Summer 2024

EMU will collaborate with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) for a three-week, community-based intercultural experience in an area of the United States recovering from extreme weather damage to homes and the surrounding community. No prior construction skills are required, although you may come away with new skills from working alongside experienced crew-leaders, whether it is on a home construction site, or support-services like meal prep or a community event for the volunteer team or local residents. 

The 3-week seminar will include:

  • One to two weeks dedicated to on-site construction and project support work in Red Lake, in North Central Minnesota, repairing damage from tornado and hail storms in 2021. The Red Lake Reservation is a beautifully forested area on the shores of Lower Red Lake, stretching across nine counties. 
  • At least 1 week dedicated to visits with local individuals and organizations to better learn about local Ojibwe culture, learning about socio-economic forces that contribute to disaster destruction, and the strengths and needs of the community for recovery and sustainability. The Red Lake Tribal Council is committed to maintaining and conducting its affairs in a manner that is aligned with the expectations of ancestors, elders, tribal members, and future generations. Students will learn about the complex issues facing the community, from temporary housing to interrupted services we often take for granted, like clean water and trash removal, to migration for employment.
  • Construction teams often overlap with volunteer teams from other places in the U.S. or Canada, for example Amish, conservative Mennonites or other MDS volunteer groups. This overlap will give another layer to the intercultural experience as we learn, work and play together.


                     *Applications for this seminar will open in February*

           - Please check back here or watch Instagram posts for information meeting date-

Seminar Leader:

Location: Red Lake, Minnesota

Dates: May 19 -June 9, 2024 (3 weeks)

Estimated Cost: $2,600 includes Tuition, Room & Board

Course Titles

ICSSC 201 Intercultural Social Science: Disaster Response 3 SH

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  • Routine – MMR, DPT series with last booster within 10 years, IPV or OPV, Hep BHepatitis A and Covid-19 as required for EMU enrollment.
  • In an effort to maximize the safety of our hosts and our students, EMU Intercultural Programs requires all employees and students who plan to travel for intercultural immersion, both domestic and international, to have completed their vaccination regimen for COVID-19 more than 14 days prior to travel. This requirement is one of the standard immunizations required for enrollment, effective Mar. 1, 2021. 

Routine immunizations and prescriptions may be obtained at EMU Health Services by appointment. 
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.

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