The bachelors program has forced me to complete four years of projects. In addition, working as an intern for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has also allowed me to work on influential projects such as the Disaster Ethics mini executive training course.
I am most proud of my work in a Disaster Logistics class where I wrote a 3000 word essay on the Aceh Indonesian Tsunami of 2004. This project led to extensive research of the disaster impact and humanitarian logistics and I focused greater research on Perceived Risk Perception. I found that the ratio of Perceived Risk Perception effects every core emergency management pillar in an entangled interrelationship. For example, if in the preparedness stage people have low perceived risk of Tsunami impacts, then little change will occur and logistics will not be planned accordingly. Contrary to this, once mitigation is in place then lower-perceived risk of tsunamis is acceptable and the structural controls in place are trusted. If there is high perceived risk during the response phase it is hard to guide an operation for an anxious crowd and thus lower-risk perception is encouraged in the response phase. Altogether, this pushed my understanding of successful operations, thus aligning peoples mindsets over risks and disasters will lead to better disaster risk reduction.
I greatly appreciate career advice and through connecting to a constant flow of mentors, I often write down the invaluable advice that are shared.
I stay engaged with my community mostly through Linkedin, virtual connection calls and chatting in class. I have had the advantage during the pandemic of building my network through online communication and have talked to EM experts internationally as well as joined several UNITAR/CIFAL York events on emerging topics.