Preparing Global Citizens

Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN)

cfpl_events_btn‌The Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) was launched in 2008 through a joint collaboration between Georgetown, Fordham and Fairfield Universities on the premise that in addressing the needs of those that are suffering, our academic institutions can be more effective when working together rather than independently.

On each campus, the JUHAN project involves:

  • Leadership teams consisting primarily of students with a faculty and/or staff resource person charged with raising awareness on their respective campuses about humanitarian issues and working toward strategies for response to various types of humanitarian crises
  • Academic courses that focus on humanitarian issues from various disciplines
  • National skill-building conferences for undergraduate students of Jesuit universities

The Fairfield University JUHAN chapter is housed within the Center for Faith and Public Life, hosts an active student group, and designates several courses each semester as JUHAN courses.


Enduring Questions Project

In June 2013, Fairfield University’s Center for Faith and Public Life was awarded a three year grant for its project “Collaborative Project in Student Learning: The Examination of Enduring Questions through Humanitarian Education.” The project will use humanitarian action and “JUHAN” (Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network) as a platform to integrate civic and moral responsibility into the undergraduate curriculum at three Jesuit institutions of higher education - Fairfield University, Georgetown University (GU) and Universidad Centroamericana (UCA)  in Nicaragua - in an effort to equip students to deal more effectively with some of the large clusters of “great questions” of meaning and value, and of moral responsibility. This project will build on the previous three-year collaborative grant, “Value-Added Assessment for the Systematic Improvement of Student Learning,” also funded by the Teagle Foundation. Read more about the Enduring Questions project.