Maxwell hosts 40 Humphrey Fellows from 29 countries for Crisis Management Workshop 

The Maxwell School of Syracuse University is once again hosting a week-long workshop, Leadership and Governance during Times of Crisis, for 40 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows hailing from 29 countries and 15 U.S. host universities. 

The workshop examines the dynamics and elements leaders face in crisis situations through a series of vigorous and hands-on presentations, including a simulation. Bruce Dayton, Research Fellow at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs and Associate Professor at School for International Training who specializes in crisis management and peacebuilding, is leading the workshop, which is hosted by Maxwell’s Executive Education.

“The topic could not be timelier. With crises and disasters increasingly becoming a mainstay in public and international affairs it's critical to give local, national, and international leaders practical tools for forecasting, responding to, recovering from, and learning from crises,” states Dayton.  “Participants will be taking advantage of faculty and guest speakers from across the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, and Onondaga County to learn about the individual, group, and organizational challenges that arise as leaders struggle to cope with crisis situations ranging from natural disasters, health pandemics, technological and financial failures, and terrorist events.”

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The workshop is also an opportunity to welcome Humphrey Fellows to the Syracuse campus, where they will join some of their Syracuse Humphrey colleagues based at the Maxwell School. 

Steve Lux, Director of Executive Education, remarked, “The global community that is the Maxwell School thrives in an atmosphere of collaboration, where evidence-based insights and the expertise of world-class faculty connect with real world perspectives, blending seamlessly with the core values of the Humphrey Fellowship Program.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Humphrey Fellows from across the globe to the Maxwell School for our Humphrey Enhancement Workshop,” says Margaret Lane, Syracuse Humphrey Program Director and Assistant Director of Executive Education.  “Many of these Fellows face crises in their countries on a regular basis.  The opportunity to bring them together to share experiences while gaining new perspectives and skills is critically important.”

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 by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education.

The Maxwell School has been a host campus of the Humphrey Fellowship Program for seven years.  Currently twelve fellows are at the School, pursuing studies and professional development in the areas of public policy, public administration, governance, IT policy, NGO management, leadership and collaboration. 02/12/16