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Why a Crisis Mapping Class?

My name is Maha Mian, and I’m a freshman here at Tufts University. I was born in Staten Island, NY, but I’ve lived most of my life on Long Island. Though I come from a small town, I have seen quite a bit of the world. My family is Pakistani; as a result, I’ve spent my fair share of summers in Pakistan. Over the years, I’ve seen the country go through so many horrifying ecological and political problems, and they only seem to get worse with time. Every time I go, I think a lot about how the people of the country rally and attempt to recover for each unique disaster. When I saw the description for a crisis mapping class in the ExCollege, I was at first confused as to what exactly it  entailed. The more I learned about what crisis mapping was, the more I considered it to be a promising and practical solution to reaching people who need aid the most. The words, “become a part of a growing global network of skilled ‘crisis mappers,” really stood out to me, because ultimately, it is cooperation that gets things done. Simply, my main goal is to be more knowledgeable about the crisis response process, because its so much more complex than I, or many others, had once believed.

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