Program Goals

The Graduate Program in Disaster Resilience Leadership aims to equip students with a skill-set to prepare for a career in emergency preparedness, nonprofit leadership, disaster management, grass-root development, monitoring and evaluation and disaster risk and recovery.  Professional responsibility, ethical behavior, and integrity are central principles of disaster resilience leadership and global humanitarian assistance.

The Tulane University DRL Graduate Program seeks to synthesize and integrate disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, and inter-disciplinary knowledge and skills to accomplish three principle goals:

  1. Produce highly educated practitioners of DRL with advanced theoretical and methodological skills and flexibility to compete in the academic, governmental, non-profit, private, and public sectors, or some combination thereof.
  2. Develop partnerships between faculty and students to extend scholarship in important areas of research, creativity, and practice to benefit communities vulnerable to disasters.
  3. Create new, or improve existing, leadership practice techniques, research/ evaluation methods, leadership/disaster-related theories and to disseminate these innovations through both professional and public media. These DRL goals guide the selection of faculty, students, and staff, the courses taught, the field and internship opportunities, and the promotion of career opportunities and guidance.