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Call for 2018 Besso Scholarship Applications

Each year, the Fondazione Marco Besso partners with the Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) to fund three to four scholarships for Italian candidates in pursuit of the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA). Eligible scholarship applicants must be of Italian citizenship and currently working in the humanitarian field.

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please submit a C.V. and cover letter to the IIHA at miha@fordham.edu and specify that you are seeking a scholarship from the Fondazione Marco Besso. Please note that the Fondazione does not accept any direct scholarship requests.

All application materials must be submitted by November 27, 2017. The scholarship must be used for one of the three IDHA courses offered in 2018. If you are interested in the IDHA or our other graduate courses, please click here to view the course calendar and here to apply.

In addition to the IDHA, the IIHA offers a wide range of humanitarian educational opportunities including: Humanitarian Trainings,  a Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action, Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies, and an Undergraduate Major/Minor in Humanitarian Studies.

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by | October 24, 2017 · 2:35 pm

New York City stands in solidarity with refugees and immigrants

New Yorkers have been standing in solidarity with immigrants and refugees from across the globe. In 2016, 40,000 individuals applied for asylum in New York City, as compared to 283 refugees who were resettled in the city. New IIHA intern and Humanitarian Studies student, Andrew Seger, captured some of these moments throughout the city.

 

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Tens of thousands of New Yorkers met at JFK International Airport on January 28th, and gathered again in Battery Park on the 29th. They came from all over to show support for refugees and immigrants.

 

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They joined in chants like, “Say it loud, say it clear: refugees are welcome here!,” and “Love, no hate! That’s what makes America great!”

 

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Many called to mind America’s history as a country shaped immigrants. Many quoted “The New Colossus,” the poem inscribed at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty that says, “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”

 

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Fordham University student Neil Joyce, FCRH ’19, joined those in Battery Park.
“I believe that morally and constitutionally, we have a duty to allow these people into our country. They have a right to enter this country and pursue their dreams,” Joyce said.

 

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Senators Chuck Schumer (NY) and Cory Booker (NJ), along with Mayor Bill de Blasio (NYC) and many other elected officials gave speeches in Battery Park.
“We cannot just luxuriate in our freedoms and our liberties; we must earn them by fighting to expand them to all citizens and all people,” Senator Booker said.

 

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Even many children, on the backs of parents and in strollers, held up colorful signs at the rallies.

 

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The overwhelming support continued on February 2nd, when the Yemeni American Community organized a rally in Brooklyn. The Community says near 1,000 Yemeni business owners closed their businesses early to show support for Yemenis at home and abroad.

 

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Adnan Alshabbi, owner of Golden Deli in Washington Heights, closed the doors to his bodega for the first time in 25 years. He stood in solidarity with Yemeni’s across the world, including his family members who still live in Yemen.

 

Photo credit: Andrew Seger, IIHA Communications Intern

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by | February 9, 2017 · 10:36 am

Stories from the Field: The Greek Diaries by Lynne Jones

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The IIHA’s latest Stories from the Field features the Greek Diaries of Lynne Jones, Director of the Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE) course.

 

The Greek Diaries – Lynne Jones

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by | May 27, 2016 · 5:03 pm

Fordham News covers IIHA Event on persecuted religious minorities

A Call to Arms for Vanishing Religious Minorities

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by | May 13, 2016 · 5:43 pm

Alumni Update: Elisa Carlaccini (IDHA 30, MIHA)

Elisa Carlaccini (IDHA 30, MIHA) was recently featured in the article “From mapping to kidnaps, UN aid workers train for refugee crises,” during a UNHCR Simulation in Thies, Senegal.

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by | April 16, 2016 · 3:12 pm