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Human Needs and Global Resources

Learning to accompany communities worldwide toward justice and fullness of life


Interns on the Field

HNGR is an academic certificate program that integrates multidisciplinary coursework, a six-month internship, field-based research, and whole-person formation through experiential learning.

Agriculture in Nicaragua

Kelly Wilson (Environmental Science, '16) interned with Fundacion San Lucas, exploring themes of water resource management, sustainable agriculture, and community engagement. 

Clinical and Public Health

Laura Pax (Biology, '17) interned with a palliative care program that cares for individuals dying of HIV/AIDS.

Street Vending Economics

Janice Leung (International Relations, '15), interning with La'o Hamutuk, conducted research on the efficacy of street-vending and the informal economy.

Education in Zambia

Hayley Rost (Elementary Education, '17), interning with Partners for Life Advancement and Education Promotion (PLAEP), worked in Musonda Community School.

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Theology in Indonesia

Collin Flake (Philosophy/Biblical and Theological Studies, ’17) accompanied PeaceGeneration, an organization that seeks to build peace between Christians and Muslims throughout Indonesia and SE Asia.

Law in Cambodia

Basye Peek (Anthropology/Pre-Law, ’17) worked with Hagar International, assisting the legal support team that seeks justice for victims of trafficking.

Christian Camping in India

Abrahm Duarte (Christian Education, ’17) spent six months interning with The Fishermen Trust, a Christian camping and leadership development organization in south India.

Mental Health in the Philippines

Abby Beck (Psychology, ’17) interned with Samaritana Transformation Ministries, researching dance and body-movement therapy as mediums of processing trauma.

Gender and Violence in Ecuador

Jonah Karls (International Relations, ’17) worked with Paz y Esperanza, researching the role that Latino masculinity has in effecting gender violence.

John Stott Endowment Initiatives

International Visiting Scholar, Artist, or Practitioner
Provides an opportunity for College departments to nominate and host individuals directly involved in addressing the wide array of human needs to spend 1-4 months during the academic year (August-May) at Wheaton College, for the purpose of interacting with the campus community in both formal and informal ways over the course of her or his stay. Past recipients include Rev. Dr. D. Zac Niringiye (see video).

Faculty Research Grants
Supports faculty research and creative projects on core themes of poverty/wealth, injustice, violence/peace, human dignity, environmental impacts of human activities, and flourishing of the earth and its inhabitants. 

Faculty Study/Research Leave
Impacts the Wheaton campus long-term by investing deeply in faculty development through a significant international engagement with core themes and the partnership-based approach of the Human Needs and Global Resources Program.

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Meet the Team

Led by Laura S. Meitzner Yoder, Ph.D., our six-person staff seeks to be a warm and welcoming community for students, staff, and faculty at Wheaton College and for our friends from around the world.

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HNGR Symposium

Thanks to a generous endowment, since 2005 the HNGR symposium has engaged faculty and students in strategically thinking through the theoretical and practical challenges of global economic, social, and political development, including themes in both rural and urban contexts, relating to:

  • world hunger
  • food production
  • agriculture
  • water resources
  • urbanization
  • environment
  • health
  • conflict

2018's Symposium was titled "For the Healing of the Nations: Global Health and the Environment." 

Watch for 2019 Symposium information here and plan to join us next year!

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  • Human Needs and Global Resources
    501 College Avenue
    Wheaton, Illinois, United States 60187
  • +1-630.752.5199
    hngr@wheaton.edu