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Future events will be added here as announced


Belinda Bauman at Wheaton College Chapel

When: March 25, 2020

Where: Edman Chapel, Wheaton College 

HDI Fellow for Gender-Based Violence Belinda Bauman will speak to the undergraduate student body at the Wheaton College Chapel Service on March 25, 2020 at 10:40 am. 

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Kent Annan at Wheaton College Theology Conference

When: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Where: Barrows Auditorium, Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College

Kent Annan will be speaking on a panel at the 2020 Wheaton Theology Conference, which will be focused on "Global Migration and Christian Faith: Implications for Identity and Mission." HDI Affiliated Faculty Dr. George Kalantzsis will also be a featured speaker at this event. Kent's panel will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, April 2nd, and be on the topic of "The Human Face of Migration." Kent will be joined on the panel by Dr. Susan Greener (Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies) and Alejandro Mandes (Executive Director of the EFCA All People Ministry).

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Jane Overstreet to Receive Second Annual HDI Leadership Award

HDI awarded Jane Overstreet, president & CEO of Development Associates International, the second annual HDI Leadership Award for “exemplary leadership in the humanitarian field over the entirety of her career.” Learn more>

Wheaton College Announces New Trauma Certificate

The School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy has partnered with the Humanitarian Disaster Institute’s M.A. in Humanitarian and Disaster Leadership to offer the new Trauma Certificate at the Wheaton College Graduate School. Led by Schultz and Dr. Jamie Aten, the Blanchard Chair of Humanitarian and Disaster Leadership, this nine-credit course will prepare mental health professionals to better care for those affected by traumatic events. Learn more>

First Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership Cohort Graduates This Year—All With Internships

All eight students in the HDL inaugural cohort have landed internships at prestigious organizations, including Samaritan's Purse, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Save the Children, World Relief, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Health Organization (WHO), Nashville International Center for Empowerment, the Office of U.S. Senator Tim Scott, and Church World Service. Learn more>

New Book Calls Christians to Welcome Refugees and Immigrants

In his new book, You Welcomed Me: Loving Refugees and Immigrants Because God First Loved Us (InterVarsity Press), Kent Annan helps readers work through fears and misunderstandings around these issues and invites us into stories of welcome that lead us to see the current refugee and immigrant crisis in a new light that points us to the heart of the gospel. Learn more>

Kent Annan Joins Humanitarian Disaster Institute to Direct New MA Program

Kent Annan, cofounder of Haiti Partners and author of Slow Kingdom Coming (InterVarsity Press, 2016), After Shock (IVP, 2011), Following Jesus through the Eye of the Needle (IVP, 2009) and the forthcoming You Welcomed Me: Loving Refugees and Immigrants Because God First Loved Us (IVP, November 2018), recently joined Wheaton College as director of Humanitarian and Disaster Leadership at the Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI), where he will provide leadership for the new M.A. program. Learn more> 

Richard Stearns Awarded First Annual Humanitarian Disaster Leadership Award

HDI awarded Richard Stearns, retiring president of World Vision U.S., their first annual Humanitarian Leadership Award for “exemplary leadership in the humanitarian field over the entirety of his career.” His wife Reneé was also honored, in recognition of her own contributions in this field and her faithful support of her husband Rich and the work of World Vision. Learn more>

Humanitarian Disaster Institute Holds Disaster Justice Forum on Pursuing Justice in the Wake of Disasters 

Wheaton College students and alumni, church groups, faculty and other community members gathered in Meyer Science Center to learn more about disaster ministry, justice and Wheaton's new M.A. degree in Humanitarian and Disaster LeadershipLearn more>

Humanitarian Disaster Institute Provides Disaster and Spiritual Emotional Care Training in Houston Following Hurricane Harvey

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a team from Humanitarian Disaster Institute traveled to Houston to engage with local church leaders involved in recovery efforts and lead a Spiritual First Aid training for responders. Learn more> 

Humanitarian Disaster Institute Launches New Master's Program in Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership

We are thrilled to announce the official launch of our new master's program, the MA in Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership at Wheaton College Graduate School! Set to begin classes in June 2018, this will be the first graduate program in the country to emphasize both humanitarian and disaster preparation grounded in an evangelical and faith-driven leadership. Learn more>

Wheaton College’s Humanitarian Disaster Institute Awarded $1.9 Million John Templeton Foundation Grant

Wheaton College’s Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) launched a $2.4 million research project, supported by a $1.9 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, to explore how adversity fosters human resilience and growth. Learn more>