JUHAN 2017


2017 Student Leadership Conference – June 27-29, 2017

College of the Holy Cross – Worcester, MA

Theme: Principles in Crisis: Refugees and Responsibilty

For detailed information about the conference, visit the conference website.

Congratulations to Holy Cross for organizing the very successful 2017 JUHAN Conference!

For an Overview Of conference themes, an archive of the presentations on video and Helpful Scholarship (produced by Prof. Denis Kennedy) please access the following the following link:



The conference theme, “Principles in Crisis,” 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. Simultaneously, the conference theme reminds us that we face dilemmas in the rush to assist; it compels us to consider the consequences of well-intentioned actions and to reflect on the practical meaning of compassionate deeds.

The conference focus topic, “Refugees and Responsibility,” highlights the needs of the displaced. Refugees lie at the heart of humanitarian response, as the conditions that foster displacement – conflict, famine, ecological disaster – signify acute social and political breakdown. Just as refugees are compelled to cross borders by conditions of vulnerability, so too are we morally compelled to respond to human suffering wherever it exists. And yet, with refugees at numbers unseen since World War II, media and political discourses reflect a fraying consensus on the rights of vulnerable populations. This conference surveys efforts, from Syria to South Sudan to Central America, to respond to mass displacement emergencies. It explores the tensions between political systems and humanitarian principles and reflects on our relationship with human suffering.

This conference is sponsored by the Dean’s Office at the College of the Holy Cross and supported by the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning (Holy Cross), Peace and Conflict Studies (Holy Cross), and the JUHAN network.

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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