The Jesuit University Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) is a partnership led by faculty, staff and students at Fairfield University, Universidad Centro Americana (Mangua, Nicaragua) University, and Georgetown University. The University members of the network aim to raise awareness on Jesuit campuses of the meaning of humanitarian response and its implications for the Jesuit ideology of “men and women for others.” They also aim to lead teams at Jesuit institutions to develop effective campus responses to humanitarian crises, both domestic and international. The University members of JUHAN aspire to accomplish these goals through humanitarianism-based content incorporated into courses at every JUHAN school, as well as through student action, trips, and network conferences. In Spring 2014, JUHAN became an official conference within the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
The JUHAN fellows serve the CSJ, Georgetown University and the network in various capacities:
- Each fellow serves as a research assistant to a faculty member conducting research on humanitarian assistance.
- The fellows program campus-wide events with collaborators that raise awareness on human security, humanitarian assistance and disaster reconstruction and promote campus action.
- Fellows assist in coordinating the University’s response to major humanitarian disasters.
- Other activities include working with University librarians to create web-based subject guides on humanitarian assistance and human security; representing Georgetown’s JUHAN initiative at conferences; writing blog posts; and collaborating with other network universities. The JUHAN Steering Committee includes: Dr. Andria Wisler, and Dr. Elham Atashi.
Read about past JUHAN fellows.
2016 JUHAN Fellows
Khadija Mohamud (SFS'17) studies International Politics with a concentration in International Law, Institutions, and Ethics. She serves as a clerical assistant for the Office of Muslim Life and is the president of the Muslim Students Association. Khadija is also a co-events coordinator for the 2016 Hoya Saxa Weekend Planning Committee and serves on the conference committee for Students Stopping the Trafficking of People. She is passionate about examining the intersection between interreligious dialogue and social justice in addition to the influence of non-state actors in peace-building efforts and humanitarian assistance. Moreover, she is interested in examining the current policies in place in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa addressing the health and educational needs of vulnerable populations and refugees.
Justin Fang (SFS'17) studies International Political Economy with a minor in Chinese. He serves as a site coordinator for DC Reads and on the board of the Alternative Breaks Program. Justin is interested in the intersection of urbanization, behavioral economics, and the environment; he hopes to pursue a career in development. Additionally, he aims to study humanitarian assistance in Asia with a particular emphasis on China. Justin loves to cook and explore how food culture influences personal identity and society.