JUHAN is a natural expression of the Jesuit pedagogical ideal of developing students as “men and women for others” and the Jesuit educational paradigm that includes the interdependence and integration of academic learning, reflection, evaluation, and action. Through the combination of the Jesuit pursuit of academic excellence and commitment to the education of the whole person we seek to develop in our university communities a theoretical and concrete, systematic foundation for, not only effective humanitarian action, but also the corresponding individual and institutional transformation which can result.
The Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) was created to increase the effectiveness of efforts by Jesuit Universities to respond to humanitarian crises in the United States and throughout the world. The principle focus of JUHAN is undergraduate education, broadly defined to include traditional academic curricula as well as less formal learning through conferences, workshops, and service to the community. JUHAN also provides an opportunity for faculty and staff at Jesuit Universities to collaborate on research programs and curriculum development.
A cornerstone of JUHAN is a biennial workshop for undergraduate students from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. The 1st JUHAN National Conference took place at Fordham University in June 2008. The 2nd JUHAN National Conference was held at Georgetown University in June 2010.