Humphrey Fellows from 26 nations to attend leadership workshop at the Maxwell School

The Maxwell School of Syracuse University, from February 10-14, will welcome 38 Humphrey Fellows from 26 nations and 15 host universities across the U.S. for a special Leadership and Governance During Times of Crisis Enhancement Workshop. This is the second year that Maxwell has been chosen to convene this gathering of young and mid-career professionals from around the world, including:  Armenia, Bahrain, Benin, Bhutan, Brazil, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Haiti, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Republic of Korea, Swaziland, and Vietnam.

This week-long event brings together Humphrey Fellows from across the country to examine the dynamics and processes that occur as leaders struggle to cope with crisis situations. The workshop will look at 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 from Maxwell’s Transboundary Crisis Management Project, located at the Maxwell School’s Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs and will include 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, Professor Dayton specializes in peacebuilding and conflict resolution in addition to crisis management.         

This is the second year Maxwell has hosted the workshop, a dynamic program offering a combination of seminars, lectures, group exercises, 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 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. The Fellowship is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education.

The Maxwell School has been a host campus of the Humphrey Fellowship Program for five years.  Currently, 10 fellows are at the School, 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 February workshop will serve as ambassadors, attending the various social events throughout the week. 02/06/14