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Alumni Engagement Opportunities

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Annual Alumni Reception
2018 DRC Alumni Repection at the Natural Hazards Workshop


​​DRC faculty, students and alums at the Annual DRC Alumni Reception, 2018.

3rd Annual Alumni Reception

July 9th, 2018 | Natural Hazards Workshop

We had a wonderful opportunity to connect at the Natural Hazards Workshop for the 3rd Annual DRC Alumni Reception. One of the suggestions that emerged from our gathering was the creation of a DRC alumni Facebook page. While our official DRC page notes the activities and accomplishments of the Center, the alumni page (a closed group) allows for a free flow of discussion, job postings, and updates. If you are on Facebook, consider joining the group and connecting with your fellow alumni. Please invite other alumni to join as well. We hope you find that this page helps you connect and stay in touch with your DRC family. 

Alumni Profile Series

​​2014 DISA PhD Graduates James B. Goetschius, Lauren Clay and Rochelle Brittingham​2014 DISA PhD Graduates James B. Goetschius, Lauren Clay and Rochelle Brittingham​

Disaster research is interdisciplinary in nature and therefore provides many opportunities after graduation. Our alums have gone on to successful careers at leading universities, prominent research centers, key disaster-oriented government agencies, and private sector organizations. Share how your time at DRC has enhanced your career thus far by participating in our Alumni Profiles series.

How can I submit an Alumni Profile? 

Complete the Alumni Profiles form online or download and complete the Alumni Profile Series Form.pdf and email it to  drc-mail@udel.eduProfiles will be continuously accepted and featured.

Keep In Touch

Stay connected to DRC throughout the year: follow the Disaster Research Center on Facebook and @UDELDRC on Twitter, and update your contact information to help us better communicate with you.

Host an Intern or Practicum Student

​​​2014 DISA PhD Graduates James B. Goetschius, Lauren Clay and Rochelle Brittingham​

Several of our programs include a practicum or internship component.  These are designed to be meaningful for the organization as well as for the students. During the placement, students connect their experiences and prior coursework through weekly reflection pieces. Some students stay in the Mid-Atlantic area while others have found wonderful opportunities around the country. Interested in hosting a student practicum? Contact

Share Your Experience

​​​2014 DISA PhD Graduates James B. Goetschius, Lauren Clay and Rochelle Brittingham.​

Each semester our faculty and students discuss emergency management research, current issues, and trends in our classes, seminars, and at IAEM@UD functions.  We are always interested in having our alumni speak live or virtually and have a wide range of opportunities.  For example, you could: discuss your career or current position,  describe an interesting program you are running, present a working paper, discuss a new research project, lead a discussion about some cutting edge issue or problem in the field. These are just a few of the possibilities. 

Spring 2016 speakers included Josh Kelly, Delaware Public Assistance Officer and a Natural Hazards Planner for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) ; Anthony Cario speaking about International Disaster Risk Reduction at the United Nations; and Scott Graham, Emily Fortuna and Joe Prewitt from the Mid-Atlantic Red Cross. All speakers present in the Disaster Research Center conference room unless otherwise coordinated. 

How can I become a guest speaker? 

Email with your name, contact information and a brief statement of what you're interested in speaking about and a DRC faculty member will contact you to discuss upcoming opportunities.

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