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American Red Cross Director Corey Eide to teach two new DRLS courses in Spring 2017

December 28, 2016

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The DRLA is pleased to announce the addition of two new 1-credit courses to the Spring 2017 Schedule of Classes. The courses will be taught in a weekend format (Friday Afternoon/Saturday & Sunday Morning) by adjunct professor Corey Eide. Professor Eide is the Director of Recovery Services for the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington D.C. Eide comes to the DRLA after teaching numerous 1-credit courses for Tulane's Payson Graduate Program in Global Development.

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DRLA Alumni see New Orleans through a different lens

December 19, 2016

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Sometimes seeing a place from another’s perspective can change the way you understand it. The MyNew Orleans Photo Project seeks to shift perspectives by giving the homeless an opportunity to photograph the city with their own disposable cameras.

Project coordinators Heather Milton and Elisabeth Perez, who met while attending the Tulane University Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, began this project in New Orleans after observing its popularity in London. Through partnerships with organizations around New Orleans including New Orleans Mission, the Baptist Friendship House and the Harry Tompson Center, the duo were able to distribute Fujifilm cameras to about 90 homeless participants.

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Tulane program trains leaders of coastal communities

November 22, 2016

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Former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser vividly remembers, in the days following the BP oil spill, how difficult it was to get disaster response leaders to listen to the dire warnings from local officials about the spill’s looming impact on wildlife and the state’s delicate coastal marshes.

“It felt like we were fighting against the team that should have been in place to help us,” said Lt. Gov. Nungesser as he recalled how the lack of coordination between response teams delayed wildlife rescue efforts.

Local leaders must be better prepared, Nungesser told officials gathered at Tulane River and Coastal Center Nov. 14 for the inaugural launch of an innovative new fellowship program that will help the state’s coastal parishes improve disaster response efforts. The five-day workshop, organized by Tulane University, trained 15 emerging leaders from five coastal parishes to more effectively develop plans that strengthen and coordinate the resilience of their communities to future disasters such as flooding, oil spills or hurricanes.

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Coastal Louisiana leaders gather to plan for resilient communities

November 11, 2016

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Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (TU/DRLA)  is hosting the "Planning for Resilient Communities" Executive Leadership Training for a newly formed cohort of Southeastern Louisiana Disaster Resilient Leadership Fellows in a five day workshop from November 14-18th. The fellowship program is supported by the Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities (CRGC) and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).

The purpose of the program is to strengthen capacity of local resilience leaders to build a shared framework across the Southeastern Louisiana coastal region and engage with community stakeholders to resource and implement plans for resilience building activities that ensure sustainable livelihoods and protect the region's invaluable natural resources. The workshop will be facilitated by well-experienced and recognized subject matter experts involved in resilience leadership from the CRGC, Tulane DRLA, and Southeastern Louisiana.

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Mission of a lifetime, USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance visits Tulane

September 30, 2016

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When disaster strikes overseas, be it an earthquake, flood or any other catastrophe, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), immediately steps in to coordinate the U.S. government’s response.

It is a job that requires a caring, talented workforce, and on Tuesday (Oct. 4), representatives of the agency will be on Tulane University’s downtown campus to outline the multiple pathways for students to pursue careers with the OFDA, both in Washington, D.C., and abroad.

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DRLA Spotlights


Student Spotlight

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DRLA student Betsy Lopez was selected as a 2017 Tulane Center for Public Service Graduate Community-Engaged Fellow.  Lopez is thrilled to be part of the program and is looking forward to participating in the interdisciplinary network of community-engaged peers.

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Alumni Spotlight

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DRLA Alum Timothy Hefflinger, an AIF Clinton Fellow, is blogging his experience while in service to the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust (SLC-IT) in Leh, Ladakh. While in the field, Tim is contributing to the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust's valuable conservation efforts. He hopes to increase the market share of SLC-IT's Himalayan Homestays program, and generally increase its viability, sustainability, and visibility in the international context. He also aims to develop monitoring tools for the Conservancy's social programs.

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