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SPEAKING: Dr. Aten and Kent Annan at Refugee Highway Partnership North America Roundtable

When: October 24-26, 2018

Where: Parkview Community Church, Glen Ellyn, IL

HDI will be present at this conference, and Dr. Aten and Kent Annan will both be speaking. Topics:

You Welcomed Me: Loving Refugees Because God First Loved Us Kent Annan 
Refugee Mental Health Jamie Aten 

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SPEAKING: Dr. Aten at Judson University Chapel

When: October 26, 2018, 10 am

Where: Herrick Chapel at Judson University, Elgin, IL

Our founder and executive director Dr. Jamie Aten will be speaking in chapel at Judson University.

SPEAKING: Dr. Aten and Kent Annan at Accord Forum 

When: October 29-31, 2018

Where: Ridgecrest Conference Center, NC

Our founder and executive director Dr. Jamie Aten will be speaking at this Accord Forum research intensive on "Integrating Faith with Relief, Development, and Advocacy: Research, Metrics and Implementation." Kent Annan will be a plenary speaker at the OneAccord Forum.  Learn more>

MA in HDL Program Reception

When: November 7, 2018, 4-5:30 pm

Where: BGC 274, Wheaton College

This event, for anyone interested in learning more about our MA in Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership program, will include faculty presentations about the program, as well as time with faculty and current graduate students. Graduate Admissions and Student Financial Services will also be available. Light refreshments are provided by our nationally-ranked Bon Appetit dining service.

"You Welcomed Me: Loving Refugees & Immigrants Because God First Loved Us"

When: November 7, 2018, 7-9 pm

Where: Meyer Science Center, Wheaton College

Join us in celebrating the release of "You Welcomed Me: Loving Refugees & Immigrants Because God First Loved Us" (InterVarsity Press, 2018), the latest book by HDI Director of Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership Kent Annan. This event will feature speakers on topics of refugee and immigration. Speakers include:

  • Kent Annan, HDI Director of Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership at Wheaton College
  • Dr. Saul Ebema, Senior Pastor of Lombard Bible Church
  • Marissa Voytenko, artist

Leadership Luncheon Series

When: Monthly

Where: Phelps Event Room, Wheaton College

Each month, 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 include:

September: Wess Stafford, President Emeritus, Compassion International, and an internationally recognized advocate for children in poverty

October: TBA

November: Beth Birmingham, Senior Director for Leadership Development, Compassion International



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>