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M.A. in Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership Reception

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 3:30-5 pm

Where: Billy Graham Center Second Floor (Graduate Admissions)

This reception is a great way to learn more about our graduate M.A. in Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership program. The event will include faculty presentations about the program, as well as individual time with faculty, and current graduate students. Time with Graduate Admissions and Student Financial Services will also be available. Food and refreshments are provided by our nationally-ranked Bon Appetite dining service. Following the reception, you are invited to attend a special event hosted by the department from 7pm-9pm.


HDI Annual Lecture: Bruce Wydick on "The Shrewd Samaritan"

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 7-8:30 pm

Where: Blanchard 339

Bruce Wydick, professor of development economics at the University of San Francisco, will join HDI on campus to speak about his new book Shrewd Samaritan: Loving Our Global Neighbor Wisely in the 21st Century. Wydick has done important research on the impact of programs like microfinance, child sponsorship (Compassion International), and the donation of in-kind gifts (Tom’s Shoes). He is a regular contributor to Christianity Today. Wydick shows us a compassionate, faithful, and evidence-based approach to loving our neighbors well.

HOPE International Poverty Simulation

When: February 12-13, 2020

Where: Coray Gym, Wheaton College

We will be hosting the HOPE International Poverty Simulation on campus, open to all Wheaton College students. This interactive event invites you to step away from simply observing poverty and symbolically step into the complex realities of men and women living in places of extreme poverty.

Stay tuned for more details and registration information.

CUE/HDI Lecture: Junia Howell

When: February 20, 2020, 7 pm

Where: Meyer 145, Wheaton College

Junia Howell ’10, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, will unpack how the response of nonprofits post disasters influences inequality, as well as how in the wake of natural disasters unequal residential instability perpetuates social inequality.

Leadership Lab Series

When: Monthly

Where: Phelps Event Room, Wheaton College

Throughout the year, we will be welcoming experienced leaders in the humanitarian & disaster field to share about their leadership and humanitarian experiences in an intimate, small group setting. These events are only open to students in our HDL program.

Upcoming speakers will be added regularly. 


OneAccord Forum

When: September 30-October 2, 2019

Where: Ridgecrest, North Carolina

Jamie Aten & Belinda Bauman (HDI Fellow, Gender-Based Violence) will be speaking at this gathering of leaders from 100+ relief and development organizations. Current and former HDL students will also be gathering at this event.

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Kent Annan at Olivet Nazarene University Chapel

When: October 9-10, 2019 (Wednesday 10/9 at 10 a.m. and Thursday 10/10 at 9:30 a.m)

Where: Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois

Kent Annan will be speaking to students, faculty, and staff at Olivet Nazarene University's chapel services.

Jamie Aten at American Association of Christian Counselors 2019 World Conference

When: October 9-12, 2019 

Where: Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN

Jamie Aten will be part of the Grief and Loss, Crisis Response, and Disaster Recovery track at the AACC 2019 World Conference in Nashville. On Saturday at 2:15 pm, he'll be speaking on "What Surviving Katrina and Cancer Taught Me about Faith and Resilience."

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Kent Annan at Micah House Banquet

When: November 21, 2019, 6-8:30 pm

Where: Michelangelo Banquet Centre, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)

Kent Annan will be the featured speaker at the annual fundraising banquet for Micah House. Space is limited; registration details will be posted soon.


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>