The Risk Reduction, Adaptation and Disaster Student Interest Group (RRAD) was founded in 2007. RRAD has been actively involved in exploring the overlap between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, as well as promoting its integration into the wider Yale community. Recently, RRAD has begun to reach out to organizations exploring these issues all around the world.
In the 2008-09 academic year, RRAD secured more than twenty internships for F&ES students with international and domestic organizations such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Mercy Corps, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. RRAD, along with its more than forty-five F&ES student members, have also raised awareness and financial support for several international disasters, including the industrial disaster in Bhopal, India in 2007; the severe cold spell in Tajikistan in 2008; and the recent earthquake in Costa Rica in 2009.
During the 2008-09 academic year, RRAD hosted seven events. These events included speaker/film series, a trip to the UNISDR headquarters in New York City and a high-profile forum on Socio-ecological Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction, with several of the world’s leading practitioners and academicians in the topic. RRAD is also engaged in increasing F&ES partnerships and collaborations both within the broader Yale community (such as the School of Public Health) and beyond the University with organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Mercy Corps, UNISDR, and UNDP.
RRAD is deeply committed to pursuing these important initiatives and will continue to be instrumental in facilitating an atmosphere of disaster risk reduction in the F&ES and Yale University communities.