Simulating Disaster

In a high-stakes exercise, humanitarian aid students spend a weekend in the woods overcoming obstacles and learning about themselves

In a high-stakes exercise, humanitarian aid students spend a weekend in the woods overcoming obstacles and learning how to be effective in natural and manmade disasters. Theory, academics and analytics aren’t much help to the participants as they cope and respond to a variety of realistic scenarios. It’s all about making quick, value-based judgments and critical thinking.

The simulation is co-led by Peter Walker, director of the Feinstein International Center at Tufts, and Stephanie Kayden, director of the Humanitarian Studies Initiative at Harvard. About two thirds of the 100 or so students are from Tufts and Harvard and the rest are working professionals in medicine, humanitarian assistance and the military.

Video produced by Steffan Hacker, Digital Communications.

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