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Why I am taking this class

As an eight-year-old, I told my father that I wanted to be a doctor and volunteer with Doctors without Borders so that I could save lives all over the world. As an eighteen-year-old, I am hoping to graduate from college with an Environmental Studies major and ensure that the world is a cleaner and greener place. Obviously, my goals have changed but I’m still attracted to the opportunity to contribute to humanitarian aid and relief. My parents were both born in Vietnam and thankfully escaped much of the ravages of the Vietnam War by attending college in the United States. Unfortunately, much of my family wasn’t as fortunate. Although crisis mapping is popularly associated with humanitarian relief after international disasters, it also has applications with improving living conditions in slums and … Read entire article »

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Why I’m in a crisis mapping class

Why did you choose to take this class? I heard so much about the Ushahidi Haiti Project last year and it really fascinated me conceptually. Taking a few anthro courses here and there has made me interested in what people think about the interventions in their lives, and the power of this technology to help affected populations shape the responses geared towards them is unprecedented. I’m excited by the subject matter and I wanted a change of pace from exclusively theory based subject matter. What do you want to get out of it? As a semi-useless IR major, I’m excited to learn real skills that actually have the potential to be useful in the “real world.” Joking aside, I’m hoping to gain a familiarity with the technology but more importantly, a familiarity with … Read entire article »

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