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Humanitarian Action Leadership at Eastern Mennonite University
Join the online Humanitarian Action Leadership (HAL) graduate certificate program at Eastern Mennonite University to strengthen your capacity as a leader in the humanitarian arena. This new, unique program was created in response to urging from humanitarian leaders familiar with EMU’s values based education of practitioners and after intensive research with leading organizations. EMU HAL delivers humanitarian core competencies including applying humanitarian standards and principles (SHPERE), ensuring program quality and impact, and understanding the phases of the humanitarian response to effectively intervene in humanitarian emergencies. This program is accessible to anyone in the world who has access to the Internet and desires both skills and graduate credit.
The HAL graduate certificate is 18 semester hours and can be completed in 15 months. This program develops cross-sectoral, collaborative, leaders for local or global settings through values based integrated study who are able to strengthen local capacities for response and prevention.
Using a highly interactive online learning format students work with leading faculty, who have extensive experience in responding to and preventing humanitarian crises around the world; and each other to explore solutions for their settings. Through this online learning community theory is made practical and the application of core humanitarian standards tangible and tested. Each course is threaded with contextual themes including climate change (mitigation and adaptation), capacity building, trauma, and peacebuilding.
Humanitarian Action Leadership faculty are scholar practitioners with close connections to the field. Ann Graber Hershberger, program director and faculty brings more than 30 years of experience with Latin America in community development, health and disaster response. She emphasizes that, “Today’s humanitarian professional must balance skills, a broad understanding of the context, sector specific competencies and self-care. EMU HAL does that.”
Faculty Daryl Yoder Bontrager connects his years of experience managing programs in Latin America with his current research on NGO coordination. Daryl stresses the importance of “linking state of the art approaches with field realities and learning to adjust.” Matt Ellingson is an example of that skill as he teaches Program Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation out of his experience as director of humanitarian response for Food for the Hungry by providing current on- the- ground examples and guidance to the practitioner students around the world.
Current students study from India, Nicaragua, Bosnia and Cambodia, Canada and the United States. Graduates will be prepared to work with NGO’s, bilateral aid agencies, government organizations, mission agencies and businesses working in places of natural and human-made disaster. A student practitioner comments, “I’m finding that immediately putting into practice what one learns is invaluable.”
The second cohort of the graduate certificate program begins in January, 2018. Scholarships are available. Special discounts are offered for multiple persons from one agency. Apply by November 1.
For students interested in a full master’s degree, an option is available to pursue an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with the humanitarian courses at the core. Complementing the core students choose courses from the Center for Peacebuilding, Counseling, the Seminary or the MBA to shape the course of study most useful for their needs.
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Cindy Mathews firstname.lastname@example.org