Carol Cwiak, assistant professor of emergency management, taught the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s course, E390: Integrating Emergency Management Education Into Your Institution, to representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities Sept. 27-28. The course is offered annually at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Md.
The course is offered in partnership with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and seeks to achieve a more diverse population of emergency management professionals who reflect the communities in which they live and work. The course provides information about emergency management and the benefits and resources available for integrating emergency management course offerings. Discussion in the course focuses on issues that face minority-serving institutions of higher education and strategies for overcoming institutional roadblocks to increasing emergency management offerings.
Cwiak co-taught the course with David McEntire from the University of North Texas. Cwiak and McEntire were the subject matter experts used to help develop the course content in 2010 and have since participated in offerings geared specifically to historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions. In May 2012, Cwiak collaborated with Linda Kiltz, a course participant from a March 2012 offering, to write a short article for the International Association of Emergency Managers’ Bulletin regarding diversity in emergency management. The article, “Walking the Walk: A Gap Analysis of Emergency Management’s Efforts to Create Diversity in the Field,” identified additional steps necessary to create and foster the diversity the field seeks.
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