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The Humanitarian Action program raises awareness about humanitarian issues and builds skills and strategies for effective and compassionate action.

The Program offers students with the opportunity to:

  • Minor in Humanitarian Action
  • Intern with organizations such as Save the Children, Simply Smiles, AmeriCares, Sesame Workshop, Caroline House and the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants
  • Enroll in our Peace Corp Preparation Program
  • Join our dynamic Humanitarian Action Student group
  • Participate in co-curricular activities including immersions trips to the United Nations, an alternative spring break to work with refugees in Abilene, TX and rebuild communities after disasters
  • Become involved in the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) and attend the JUHAN biennial student leadership conferences

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Our Team

Julie Mughal

Assist‌ant Director

Humanitarian Action
Center for Social Impact

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Julie Mughal is the Associate Director for Humanitarian Action in the Center for Social Impact at Fairfield University, where she facilitates co-curricular humanitarian-related activities and helps to manage the HA minor. She has 20 years of international development experience, previously working at Save the Children where she held positions in development communications as well as Asia operations, based both in the U.S. Headquarters and in Pakistan. She began her career at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, Switzerland where she held the positions of Desk Officer for Africa and the Middle East and Project Design Trainer. She is the author of "Land Without Hats," a book which explores the difficulties faced by widows in the developing world and their courage in the face of adversity. She received a B.A. in Politics and M.A. in International Relations both from Syracuse University.

Humanitarian Action Minor

With new record numbers of displaced topping 70 million, global humanitarian needs are among the most pressing global challenges. This reality is compounded by the climate crisis, conflict, transnational crime, and abject poverty; trends that often intersect and amplify human suffering. Against this backdrop, Fairfield University’s minor in humanitarian action, one of very few such undergraduate programs in the United States and elsewhere, has continued to grow since its launch in January 2016.

Faculty Resources

The Humanitarian Action minor is governed by the Humanitarian Action Advisory Board, which is drawn from faculty and staff from across campus and from all of the university’s five schools.

JUHAN Assessment Toolkit for Universities' Humanitarian Engagements is a compilation of tools to measure student learning in the context of humanitarian coursework and co-curricular engagements. It consists of cognitive and affective learning outcomes as well as tools to measure student learning on such as defined rubric traits, a vignette, a course survey, and prompts for engaging students in reflecting on their service experiences. The toolkit also showcases syllabi from a selection of JUHAN courses which illustrates the many fields of study in which faculty can incorporate humanitarian themes into their existing courses in creative and interesting ways.

Faculty who are interested in teaching a course in the minor should reach out to either Janie Leatherman, Director jleatherman@fairfield.edu or Julie Mughal, Associate Director, jmughal@fairfield.edu for more information.

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