Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN)
The 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. The founders had come to the realization that there is relatively little going on in U.S. higher education to prepare undergraduates for humanitarian action - whether that be career development or preparation to fulfill everyday civic responsibilities.
JUHAN seeks to advance both undergraduate humanitarian education and the professional field of humanitarian action by:
- bringing students into the professional field at an early stage in their education;
- forming an educated citizenry - for those students that are not pursuing careers in humanitarian action, JUHAN will provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to fulfill their responsibilities as engaged citizens.
- developing an educational program that places emphasis on the ethical dimensions of humanitarian action, an area not given enough attention in the professional field.
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
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) Â 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.