NEW YORK: NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw will address the graduating class of the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) program, sponsored by Fordham’s new International Institute of Humanitarian Affairs on Friday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at the McNally Amphitheater, School of Law, 140 W. 62nd St. At a time when terrorism and war are at the forefront of world affairs, the institute trains humanitarian workers in crisis negotiation, international human rights law, and health and human service issues. The 38 graduates, who work for leading humanitarian agencies around the world, will receive the IDHA, which was established in 1997 and was presented at Fordham for the first time in June 2001.
The month-long, post-graduate diploma is collaboration between Fordham, the Center for International Health and Cooperation (CIHC), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the University of Geneva. The program, held in Geneva in January and at Fordham in June, simulates a humanitarian crisis, with lectures, workshops and the exchange of field experiences. The Institute for International and Humanitarian Affairs was created at Fordham in December 2001 to forge partnerships with relief organizations, publish books and host symposia related to humanitarian aid issues.