On April 29 – 30, 2022, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative held its annual humanitarian response simulation. Working in teams representing different non-governmental organizations, graduate students from GHP 515/518 interacted with a variety of local and non-state actors portrayed by volunteers to create an aid delivery plan in response to a complex humanitarian crisis scenario. Through this simulation, students utilized their knowledge of the humanitarian field gained in classroom learning sessions and further developed the practical skills needed to engage with humanitarian work.
This simulation brought together over 70 volunteers across several states and 60 graduate students from Harvard University, Tufts University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Thank you to all the volunteers who made this event possible. We are grateful to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for hosting us this year. Next year, we aim to be back in the woods! If you would like to enroll in the 2023 Humanitarian Response Intensive Course, please visit the course page and sign up for our course interest list.