The Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) is a collaboration of faculty, staff, and students at Jesuit universities both domestic and international. JUHAN was created in 2006 to leverage the network of Jesuit Universities, integrate a network approach to humanitarian studies, and increase the effectiveness of their collaborative efforts in response to humanitarian crises in the U.S. and throughout the world.
The principal focus of JUHAN is undergraduate education, broadly defined to include traditional academic curricula as well as learning outside of the classroom through a biannual conference, student trips, and service to the community. The members of the network aim to raise awareness on Jesuit campuses and their communities of the meaning of humanitarian response and its relation to the Jesuit ideology of being "men and women for and with others."
JUHAN also provides an opportunity for faculty and staff at Jesuit Universities to collaborate on research programs, curriculum development, and other professional opportunities. From 2008-2012 (? check years of grant) CNDLS was involved in JUHAN through an assessment grant from the Teagle Foundation. CNDLS collaborated with the Center for Social Justice, Research and Teaching (CSJ) and the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) to offer Faculty Fellowships to integrate JUHAN objectives into their courses, as well as to evaluate how well students were meeting these objectives. CNDLS’ involvement culminated in a collaboratively developed Assessment Toolkit for Universities’ Humanitarian Engagement (link to the toolkit in the teaching commons) presented at the 2012 student conference.
CNDLS staff also supervised four Georgetown JUHAN Student Fellows who took a leadership role in helping the university respond to the Haiti earthquake, the Pakistan floods and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. With CNDLS supervision, the fellows also worked to institutionalize JUHAN at Georgetown, creating systems to guide all campus partners in responding to humanitarian crises. These included a campus crisis response manual, a rubric for determining the seriousness of a crisis, and a guide for appropriate action that student leaders can take. In addition, the student fellows continued to build a community among the diverse groups on campus involved in humanitarian response--using social media, connecting with student leaders, visiting JUHAN classes, and compiling resources and contacts. The Georgetown JUHAN Student Fellows program is now administered by the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service.
For current information about JUHAN, please contact Susan Martin, Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.