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April 10, 2018

La Roche College to Offer Global Development and Humanitarian Aid Training

PITTSBURGH, April 10, 2018 – From May 21 to 25 La Roche College will offer its annual Global Development and Humanitarian Aid Training Program.
Designed for those who want to enter the field of humanitarian and emergency aid, the five-day workshop provides specialized instruction in disaster relief response, sustainable humanitarian aid and global development. With local and global experts, real-world simulation experiences and interactive classes, participants will leave with a strong understanding of key concepts, trends and essential knowledge necessary to succeed on both a domestic and international level.
Emily Markham, assistant director of Global Engagement, said, “This training program is designed to provide participants with a real and clear look at humanitarian intervention. By utilizing Pittsburgh’s great resources of global non-governmental organizations based here, along with local researchers and academics, we are able to provide a more practical look at this growing career field that goes beyond a traditional classroom experience. Our new partnership with the Forage Center will allow for an even more eye-opening experience that highlights what it is truly like to work on the ground during a crisis situation.”
This year’s training includes a unique 24-hour simulation meant to mimic a real-life global humanitarian aid situation. Organized in partnership with the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education Inc., local volunteers will represent key players of a fictional country in crisis, and participants playing the role of aid workers must work together in facilitating a response.
Applicants must be self-starters who are eager to learn, 18 years or older, and available to attend all daily workshops and activities throughout the week, including the 24-hour simulation. Preferred candidates include current college or university students, professionals in the field or those who are genuinely curious about humanitarian aid.
For more information please contact Emily Markham at 412-536-1215 or
About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.