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Gelsdorf_Bassett
May 15, 2020

Opinion: Now is the time to prioritize mental health

It is estimated that only 2% of people around the world have access to mental health and psychosocial support, or MHPSS. The question is, will COVID-19 offer us a chance to change this? Batten’s Kirsten Gelsdorf and Lucy Bassett provide critical insights into the barriers to progress in MHPSS interventions, and identify opportunities to prioritize and invest in new programs going forward.

Jan 09, 2019

Collaborative Visual Storytelling

Before winter break commenced, students, professors, and staff from the Batten School and University gathered with members of the United Nations in Minor Hall to study the art of storytelling—or at least one aspect of it.

Kirsten Gelsdorf
Oct 25, 2018

What do you get when you cross a doctor and an impact investor? A reviewer’s perspective on the Humanitarian Grand Challenge

Professor Gelsdorf was selected to support the United States Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and Grand Challenges Canada in advising them on projects to be a part of their multi-million Fund for Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge. This Fund seeks to accelerate solutions that enable life-saving or life-improving assistance to reach the most vulnerable in conflict. 

Althea Pickering
May 08, 2018

Class of 2018: Globetrotting Batten Student Did Anything But Stay Home For School

Althea Pickering will join the World Food Programme in D.C. as a partnerships officer. The organization is the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and resilience. (photo courtesy of Dan Addison, University Communications)