ACenter for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters

John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies
CRSCAD Newsletter
November 2011 

Adenrele Awotona.2011 photo

Dear Partners, Friends, and Colleagues,


CRSCAD's International Workshop, November 17 & 18, 2011 


 The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD), in collaboration with the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (Chair of Multiculturalism), is looking forward to welcoming presenters and partipants to our upcoming International Workshop on Innovation, Diversity and Sustainable Development in Areas of Social Vulnerability on Nov. 17th and 18th.  It will take place in the Ryan Lounge in McCormack Hall at UMass Boston.     

If you have not already registered, it is not too late; please see this link for full details about registration and participation as well as the complete program and abstracts:   


At the workshop, we will be considering strategies to empower residents in areas of social vulnerability and implement culturally and economically appropriate public policies, with a sustainable basis, in these areas. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary papers will be presented by scholars, researchers, public policy makers, governmental representatives and non-governmental organizations from several countries including Japan, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria,Uganda, Venezuela, Vietnam, Haiti and the USA.


A panel session (Panel 1 on November 17, 10:00am-12:30pm) will be devoted to examining rebuilding efforts in Japan after the March 2011 disaster. Regge Life is a documentary filmmaker who has made many films on Japan and is currently working on a film about an American who died in the Tohoku disasters. Yuka Uchida is a policy expert who will provide some excellent insights into both the government response as well as civil societies response to the disaster. Aki Ishida is an architect who will talk both theoretically and practically about the physical rebuilding of the Tohoku area. Dave Santulli will talk about the experience of an American NGO in the region, and David Janes will give an overview of philanthropy's response.


Keynote speakers will include Takeshi Hikihara, Consul General of Japan in Boston, and Marcie Roth, Director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


I cordially invite you to attend the event and thank you.



Adenrele Awotona
Founding Director & Professor


World Council Meeting Looks at  

Humanitarian Crisis in Somalia   


On October 20, 2011, CRSCAD's Academic Program Coordinator Muna Killingback [shown in photo on left speaking with World YWCA President Deborah Thomas] attended a meeting in New York of the World Service Council that supports the work of the World YWCA network. One of the main speakers  was Rima Salah, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. Ms. Salah, who also heads the UNICEF emergency relief division, presented a briefing on the famine in the Horn of Africa.     

See full report here  





from CRSCAD's July 2010  conference

About CRSCAD:   

The primary purpose of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD)  is to work in close collaboration with practitioners, academics, researchers, policy makers and grassroots organizations in the United States of America and in all the continents of the world in their search for the most appropriate and sustainable ways to rebuild their communities after disasters.  Read more here...  


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