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Miriam’s take on crisis mapping

I have been involved in social action and humanitarian aid in a variety of different forms over the years, searching for methods that are both meaningful to me and can have the greatest impact on others. Immediate crisis relief intrigues me – as a sociology major with a concentration in social inequalities and social change, a lot of my experience has been in studying and combating longer-standing issues such as poverty, economic inequality, and human rights abuses. The collection and integration of data after a about an area is an important process in working both with disaster relief and more elongated problems that I have never really thought about.

I hope to learn the theoretical as well as practical concepts and skills of crisis mapping. Utilizing mapping technologies to study various humanitarian issues has never occurred to me in these terms. These mapping methods make obvious sense for immediate disaster relief, and I hope our simulations and lessons will teach us important disaster response skills for the assessment and rectification of disaster. Additionally, I think that this method can really aid in the understanding of social, cultural, and political problems, and I hope to be able to use the skills I learn in this class in my future work.

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Miriam is a sophomore at Tufts from New York majoring in sociology with a concentration in social inequalities and social change. She is also majoring in studio art with a concentration in photography.

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