Enhancement Workshop - Humphrey Fellows 2014

Bruce Dayton - Humphrey 2013

Professor Bruce Dayton, Associate Director at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, spoke about crisis management to Humphrey Fellow participants at the 2014 Enhancement Workshop. 

From February 10-14, 2014, the Maxwell School welcomes 38 Humphrey Fellows from 15 host universities across the U.S. for the Leadership and Governance During Times of Crisis Enhancement Workshop. The Fellows hail from 26 countries from around the globe.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the late Senator and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and his life-long commitment to international cooperation and public service. The program brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals from designated developing nations and emerging democracies to the United States for a year of professional development and related academic study and cultural exchange.

This week-long event brings together Humphrey Fellows from across their host campuses, and will examine the dynamics and processes that occur as leaders struggle to cope with crisis situations. The workshop will include information about how crises have been managed at the most senior levels of government and NGOs around the globe. They will identify patterns of analysis and decision making that appear to be effective (or ineffective) in forecasting, preparing for, managing, communicating about and learning from crises. In addition, the fellows will explore the evolution of the crisis, emergency and disaster management system in the U.S. and the current state of ‘best practice.’ The overall goal is to offer participants perspectives and tools to more effectively address a wide range of crises including humanitarian emergencies, political instability and civil unrest, terrorism, natural disasters, health pandemics, industrial accidents, financial crises, and foreign policy fiascos.

            The workshop will be facilitated by experts including those from Maxwell’s Trans-boundary Crisis Management Project, located at the Maxwell School’s Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs. The agenda for the workshop includes presentations by faculty, managers and officials involved in both crisis management theory and practice. Professor Bruce Dayton will be spearheading the workshop; as the Assistant Director of the Moynihan Institute, he specializes in peace building and conflict resolution in addition to crisis management.

            This is the second year Maxwell has hosted the workshop.  It is dynamic, offering a combination of seminars, lectures, site visits and concluding with a simulation exercise where participants will apply the lessons learned across the duration of the workshop in a dynamic and interactive setting.

            The Maxwell School has been a host campus of the Humphrey Fellowship Program for five years.  Currently ten fellows are pursuing studies and professional development work in the areas of public policy, public administration, non-profit and NGO management, leadership and collaboration.  Syracuse Fellows who are not formally attending the workshop will serve as ambassadors during the workshop, attending the various social events throughout the week.