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4th Annual Disaster Ministry Conference

Caring for the Vulnerable
June 7-10, 2016
Keynote speaker: Bishop Efraim Tendero, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance 
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GC2 Summit Addresses Global Refugee Crisis

LifeWay Research, The Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, World Vision, and World Relief jointly sponsored the GC2 Summit at Community Christian Church in Naperville, IL, on January 20, 2016. 

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Wheaton College’s Humanitarian Disaster Institute Awarded $1.9 Million John Templeton Foundation Grant

Wheaton College’s Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) launched a $2.4 million research project, supported by a $1.9 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, to explore how adversity fosters human resilience and growth. More >

World Evangelical Alliance Submits Paper for the World Humanitarian Summit

In collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance and several of its global partners, HDI co-authored a paper in preparation for the first World Humanitarian Summit to be held in May 2016. This comprehensive paper addresses "the unique and essential role of the evangelical community in humanitarian response and development." Read paper >> 

HDI Submits Second Paper for Summit

At a regional meeting in preparation for the UN World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, HDI Co-Directors Dr. David Boan and Dr. Jamie Aten collaborated with participants from Bread for the World, Chalmers Institute, Asbury Seminary, and other Wheaton faculty to write a position paper about the contributions of faith-based academic institutions to humanitarian development. "We highlighted the distinctive contributions of the faith-based academic community in order to foster greater collaboration on meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals," says Dr. Boan. Read paper (PDF)

Student Research Awards

The Humanitarian Disaster Institute gave three Student Research Awards this year, selected from among the posters presented at HDI’s Disaster Ministry Conference.

Congratulations to our 2015 recipients!

First place: Hazel Rosete Psy.D. ’17 for “A Qualitative Study of Philippine Churches Engaged in Disaster Ministry”

Humanitarian Disaster Institute Student Research Awards


Second Place: Kalen Drake M.A. ’15, Psy.D. ’18 and Daniel Martinson Psy.D. ’18 for “A Qualitative Study of a Grass Roots and Faith-Based Peace and Reconciliation Program in Kakuma, Kenya”

Humanitarian Disaster Institute Student Research Awards


Third Place: Alice Schruba Psy.D. ’17 for “Engaging Suburban Cook County Faith Communities in Public Health Emergency Preparedness” 

Humanitarian Disaster Institute Student Research Awards


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