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CRSCAD Newsletter
July 2012


     Online Courses     

Register Now!


CRSCAD 522: Migrants and Refugees
Learn a broad overview of challenges faced by migrant and refugee
populations that have been displaced by sociopolitical upheavals and natural disasters.

PRFTRN093: Performance Management in Government and Non-Profits
Learn how well-used goals and data management can improve operations.

Gain essential skills needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market. This highly interactive course combines expert instruction with case studies and team exercises. (On campus in summer, online in the fall)


Fall Course Registration Opens July 23*


Online Graduate Courses in Global Post-Disaster Studies with a focus on Reconstruction with Vulnerable Populations

CRSCAD is offering seven online graduate courses this fall with new courses in the Political Economy of International Migration and Climate Change: Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation.  


CRSCAD is offering six online management courses this fall including the new course, Independent Study in Global Post Disaster Management.


Fall courses


Graduate Certificate  

  • CRSCAD 501: Social Vulnerability to Disasters 
  • CRSCAD 502: Climate Change, Food, and Water Resources 
  • CRSCAD 503: Topics in Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters 
  • CRSCAD 521: Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction 
  • CRSCAD 523: Climate Change: Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation  
  • CRSCAD 543: Political Economy of International Migration 
  • CRSCAD 596: Independent Study in Global Post Disasters 

Professional Development Certificate

  • PRFTRN 102: Reconstruction after the Cameras Have Gone: Principles and Best Practices
  • PRFTRN 103: Climate Change, Food, and Water Resources
  • PRFTRN 104: Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction 
  • PRFTRN 106: Social Vulnerability Approach to Disasters 
  • PRFTRN 114:  Independent Study in Global Post Disaster Management 
  • PROJMGT 002: Practical Project Management 
  • PRFTRN 093: Performance Management in Government and Non-Profits 


*Students currently enrolled in a UMass Boston program can enroll now using WISER.



 Course Spotlight



Hear CRSCAD instructor Irwin Silverstein, PhD,  

describe the goals and content of his Fall 2012 course on Climate Change: Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation.  


   An international workshop on 

"Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction: The Role of Architectural, Planning, and Engineering Education"   

May 9-10, 2013
University of Massachusetts Boston 


Sponsored by 

  • Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD), McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Boston Architectural College
  • School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

In collaboration with a number of additional partners and co-sponsors



 About CRSCAD: 

Our mission is to work in close collaboration with practitioners, academics, researchers, policy makers, and grassroots organizations on all the continents of the world in their search for the most appropriate and sustainable ways to rebuild their communities after disasters.

University of Massachusetts
McCormack Hall, 3rd floor, Room 612
Boston, Massachusetts 02125
Telephone: 617.287.7116


In This Issue
Summer Course Registration
Fall Course Registration
Course Spotlight
Save the Date: CRSCAD announces 2013 Workshop

Conference on
Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters in China: 
Best Practices and  
Lessons Learned 

November 15-16, 2012

In 2010, China "experienced more major reported disasters" than any other country, noted the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström. The goal of this conference is to share proven strategies to reduce the socio-economic impact of various forms of disasters on vulnerable communities. An entire session will examine case studies of best practices in post-disaster reconstruction from around the world.


Conference Website 


Conference flyer in English 


Conference flyer in Chinese  




CRSCAD's New Book

Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with Vulnerable Populations after the Cameras
Have Gone  

"This book will make a very-much-needed contribution to the analysis and procurement of resources needed when catastrophes occur. You may be aware that the Minister for Overseas Development in the UK recently bewailed inadequacies in swiftly bringing international resources to bear when major calamities happen. Chapters in this book highlight such problems and address solutions. It should therefore be an important guide to governments and resource providers worldwide for appropriate action in the face of unforeseeable major disasters." - William Frank Hill, Professor of Architecture (retired), Surrey, United Kingdom  


Edited by Professor Adenrele Awotona, the book is available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing.  



Editorial Committee

Contributions, suggestions, and feedback about the newsletter are welcome and should be sent to any of the following members of the Editorial Committee:


  • Adenrele Awotona (Editor and Chair) 
  • Amanda Achin (Design and Distribution)
  • Jennifer Clifford
  • Victor Dzidzienyo  
  • Katharine Galaitsis
  • Oluwatoyin Ilesanmi    
  • Yasamin Izadkhah
  • Amal Mohammed Hassan Jamal 
  • Olga Lauterbach



Telephone: 617.287.7116



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