International Humanitarian Action Program Surpasses Enrollment Goal

Posted: May 7, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

The new Summer Institute for International Humanitarian Action, sponsored by the Center for Global Education, has surpassed its enrollment goal, according to James Barry, program director and associate professor in New Century College. Barry expects more than 20 students to participate in the unique nine-week program, which combines internships, classroom instruction, and field trips that will expose students to the challenge of humanitarian action.

Yehuda Lukacs, director of the Center for Global Education, says the program is not only new to George Mason but is unique in its topic and approach. The institute allows students to earn credit, but more importantly, provides them with exposure and networking opportunities that will be important in making career decisions, he says.

The program will provide eight weeks of classes in Washington, D.C., with guest experts from humanitarian organizations; a three-day trip to New York City that will include meetings at the United Nations; and a week in Geneva, Switzerland, to visit various international humanitarian organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross. During the institute students must also complete a 180-hour internship with a humanitarian organization.

While about half of the students enrolled are from George Mason, students from across the country are also attending. For information, visit the program’s web site.

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