2017 JUHAN Conference “Principles in Crisis” Just Announced! 

College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA will host the fifth bi-annual meeting of the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN). The conference is tentatively scheduled for June 27-29, 2017.

The proposed conference theme is “Principles in Crisis.” This theme has a double meaning. In the first instance, it references the moral and ethical frameworks, as well as guiding principles, that motivate and channel the global response to human suffering. Humanitarians, across faith traditions, espouse principles like “the humanitarian imperative,” whereby the international community provides assistance wherever it is needed. That humanitarianism is first and foremost principled is a constitutive part of its identity. In a second sense, however, “principles in crisis” reminds us that we face dilemmas in the rush to assist; it compels us to consider the consequences of our well-intentioned actions and to reflect on the practical meaning of compassionate deeds.

A call for proposals and presentations will be circulated in the coming months.

Past Conferences

June 2015: John Carroll University hosts the third conference on “Ending Enduring Human Suffering”

Click here or more information about this conference.

June 2012: Fairfield University hosts the third conference on “Global Perspectives on Humanitarian Action.”

Speaking about her experience at the conference, Fairfield student Gaelle Isazu said:

“I enjoyed going to the discussions. They were very informative, inspiring and eye opening. Seeing other students like me from across the country and the world, fighting for the same issues and more that I have just been exposed to, lets me know that I am not alone in my dream to change the world.”


Click here for more material related to the JUHAN Conference of 2012.

June 2010: Georgetown University hosts the second conference on “The Ethics of Humanitarian Action.”

June 2008: Fordham University hosts the first conference on “Engaging Students in Humanitarian Actions.”

Student leadership conferences held for undergraduate students from Jesuit academic institutions around the world are a cornerstone of JUHAN. The conferences offer intensive immersion programs that orient students and faculty to all facets of humanitarian action.

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