Washington D. C.

(Specific venues to be announced)


The summer institute is composed of two back to back two week courses held in Washington D.C. during the month of July.

Download application here. 
(Current DRLA students do not need to submit an application, but email Dr. Feike to indicate  your interest.)

DRLS 6710 Institutions & Politics of Humanitarian Advocacy is a 3-credit course that will introduce students to critical professional skills for humanitarian advocacy. We will explore the international and domestic politics of humanitarian decision-making; career paths in the field; practical tools for policy change, e.g. drafting policy memoranda and legislative proposals, creating coalitions, managing procurement etc.; and fundamental challenges such as civil-military and public-private cooperation, the intersection of diplomacy and humanitarianism, whole-community resilience, and human security. The course will combine in-class seminars, field visits, guest lectures, and tabletop exercises. We will visit (or will interview senior representatives from) e.g. Congress, the Department of Homeland Security (including FEMA), the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and USAID; NGOs such as InterAction and the American Red Cross; and preeminent think tanks e.g. Brookings (Internal Displacement program) and CSIS (Humanitarian Crisis Response project). Students will be expected to draft a peer-reviewed advocacy paper that will reflect the professional requirements of change leadership in the humanitarian field: for instance in light of the current debate about the post-Millennium Development Goals agenda.

DRLS 6710 is taught by Dr. Erwan Lagadec, a DRLA adjunct professor and a Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He teaches transatlantic security, politics, and crisis management at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is an affiliate at Harvard's Center for European Studies, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

DRLS 6720 Case Studies in Disaster Operations is a 3-credit course that will address numerous questions: Why does the response to some disasters succeed while others fail? What recovery and relief practices result in rebuilding a more resilient community? How has social media changed disaster communications? What are the attributes of an effective disaster operations capability? This course will seek to answer these and other questions concerning domestic and international disaster operations through an examination of a series of case studies and informed discussions with disaster managers from government agencies, NGOs, voluntary organizations, donors, international financial institutions, and the business community. Taking full advantage of being in Washington, DC, guest speakers from FEMA/DHS, the World Bank, the Red Cross, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Save the Children, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD), USAID/OFDA, and others will be invited to provide their perspectives on such recent disasters as Syria, the Ebola outbreak, Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, recent cyclones in the Philippines, the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Boston Marathon Bombings and more. A day trip to New York City to meet with disaster officials at the United Nations will also be planned.  

DRLS 6720 is taught by George Haddow, a DRLA adjunct professor and Principal and Co-Founder of Bullock & Haddow LLC. Prof. Haddow served as White House Liaison and Deputy Chief of Staff to FEMA Director James L. Witt from 1993-2001. He has worked in the field of community and emergency management planning and operations for nearly 30 years. He is the co-author of several university and professional textbooks, including Introduction to Emergency Management Fifth Edition.

Schedule an Appointment

Contact the Director of Recruitment and Student Affairs to schedule an appointment to discuss and/or apply for the summer institute in Washington D.C.

Accepted DRLA students do not need to submit a formal application for the summer institute. Please schedule an appointment to discuss the registration process.


Housing in Washington D.C.

Housing will be available at The George Washington University for students attending the Summer Institute, if desired. Students may also arrange their own housing. In choosing where to live, students are encouraged to consider cost, access to transportation, and safety.

Below are possible resources to utilize for locating housing:

Additional resources and housing searches can be found on Tulane's Liberal Arts Career Services Page for housing options in Washington DC.


Popular neighborhoods in and around DC:

Adams Morgan: Adams Morgan is a diverse urban area with many ethnic restaurants and markets. Moderately priced apartments are common but subject to high demand. Adams Morgan is located on the Red Metro Line at the "Woodley Park-Zoo/ Adams Morgan" and "Dupont Circle" stations. 

Alexandria: Alexandria is located 30-50 minutes outside of downtown D.C. and is home to many students, young adults, and families. The area includes a restored colonial district and a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. Alexandria is about 30-50 minutes outside of D.C. on the Yellow Line at "Braddock Street" and "King Street" stations. 

Arlington: This area offers relatively low-priced housing options that include townhouses, high-rise apartments, and duplexes and is a popular area for undergraduate and graduate students. Arlington is near a variety of restaurants and shops, including Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Arlington is located on the Blue, Yellow and Orange lines and is serviced by numerous Metro stops, and residents can expect a 20-45 minute commute to downtown D.C. 

Bethesda: Neighborhoods in Bethesda are at the Maryland border and are located 25-45 minutes on the Red Line from downtown D.C. Rental rates are relatively high, and housing opportunities are limited, but there may be options such as renting a room in a group house or renting a basement apartment in a private home. 

Capitol Hill: This area is at the epicenter of activity and encompasses the U.S. Capitol Building as well as other federal and governmental offices. Rental rates on Capitol Hill vary widely. While affordable and safe housing is available, it is rented out quickly. Capitol Hill is served by the Blue and Orange Metro lines at the "Capitol South" and "Eastern Market" stations. 

Cleveland Park: Cleveland Park is a residential area in northwestern Washington, D.C. known for its late-19th century homes and a commercial area along Connecticut Avenue, which features the Art Deco-style Uptown Theater. The Cleveland Park Metro stop on Connecticut Avenue is about a 15-minute ride on the Red Line to the center of D.C. 

Dupont Circle: Dupont Circle, south of Adams Morgan along Connecticut Avenue, offers a variety of housing opportunities that include high rises, apartment buildings, and rooms in private homes. The area is known for its lively urban and cultural life. The Red Line and Metro buses run directly through the area. 

NoMa: Named for its location North of Massachusetts Avenue, NoMa is a rapidly developing area just blocks north of the Capitol and is home to Union Station and NPR. There are many community events offered regularly in NoMa, like free summer concerts and an outdoor film festival, and the neighborhood is a few stops from the city center on the Metro's Red Line from the NoMa-Gallaudet University Station. 

Logan Circle: Located in northern D.C., Logan Circle encompasses two historic districts and is the city's last all-residential circle. Many late-19th century rowhouses have been converted to condos, and the neighborhood is known as one of the most LGTBQ*-friendly neighborhoods in D.C. 

Takoma Park: This diverse, artsy Maryland town is just north of D.C. and is located on the Red Line. There tend to be many group housing options in the area, making it a popular spot for young people.

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