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IRR students report from South Florida

Our disaster response team in South Florida gives us a glimpse into the work they’re doing and what they need to finish the mission. To support the disaster response team, give online at ucollege.edu/disaster-response

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Students respond to Hurricane Ian (updated Oct. 10)

Helping those who need it mostWhen a natural disaster tears through communities, it doesn’t discriminate based on affluence, race, or socioeconomic status. Anyone in its path is affected. When disaster response teams arrive on scene,…

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Mission

Expedition Malawi 2022

Safely back home – April 4 Everyone made it safely back to Lincoln and enjoyed one final lunch together before going their separate ways. Safari Week! – April 2 We finished an amazing expedition week…

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Union graduates provide critical support in Haiti

When a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwest Haiti on August 14th, 2021, the international community rushed to send aid. But for three Union College alumni, simply sending supplies wasn’t enough. International Rescue and Relief graduates…

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Looking back on a year of faculty achievements

Though the past year brought the challenges of COVID, online classes, and endless zoom meetings, the faculty at Union College did not let it get in the way of pursuing their goals and “unlocking” their…

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Union IRR students help with Hurricane Ida cleanup (updated Sept. 13)

Support Union College disaster response efforts. Videos from the relief effort September 13 Sunday brought rain to Grand Isle, but the IRR teams where able to finish tarping all but one of the houses they…

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Rick Young: A Powerhouse Retires

“I’m retiring, time to go,” said Rick Young. For years, his go-to joke when Frankie Rose asked him to do something was to say that retirement sounded like a good option. Now, however, he’s not…

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IRR winter camp

VIDEO: Expedition Alaska 2021 [updated March 3]

Each spring, senior international rescue and relief students embark on a semester-long experience designed to immerse them in learning about global health, survival and rescue. These trips typically take them to Central America or Africa and the groups team up with local clinics to provide health care in remote areas.

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VIDEO: IRR students help Iowans clean up after derecho (full story)

School had just started for International Rescue and Relief students when they heard about the derecho that flattened parts of Eastern Iowa. Without hesitation, they joined a group of graduates in the Gideon Rescue Company to make a difference for people trying to recover from the disaster.

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IRR students help Iowa town clean up after devastating wind storm—updated August 20

A team of Union College international rescue and relief students and faculty left early this morning to spend a week helping the residents of Belle Plaine after an unusual windstorm caused extensive damage in the small eastern Iowa town.

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Union grads fight Covid-19 around the country

Many of us never spent much time thinking about disasters and pandemics until we found ourselves in the middle of one. But many Union graduates work in the field of disaster preparedness and response. As you might expect, 2020 has been a busy year for them!

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VIDEO: International Rescue and Relief—Rescue

Jacquelin explains how the International Rescue and Relief program taught her how to save lives in a swift water situation.

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