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An area of the country so much at risk to coastal storms requires an educated populous to whom risk resilience comes naturally. Strengthening what UNO already offers in some of its graduate programs with similar interesting, logical instruction on resilience in many courses across the curriculum (called ‘teaching across the curriculum,’ like international issues are currently done) will build the human infrastructure to lead and support statewide storm mitigation. Given the widespread recognition of the importance of community and societal resilience in the context of natural hazard risk (or any risk), there is a strong need to begin systematically developing integrated social resilience curriculum in many of the university course offerings.

The pinnacle outcome of this project is to produce community/regional leaders with strong professional capacities to create and support disaster resilience everywhere. The time and place could not be more perfect for such a program. The University, as the large public institution at “ground zero” of the Katrina/Rita catastrophe, offers a unique laboratory for the study of disaster resilience. In addition, UNO already has a foundation in place in the form of CHART and CUPA, faculty experts in disaster science, and a curricular core that can serve as a starting point for an instructional program.