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Josef Korbel School of International Studies Humanitarian Assistance Program

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Current Students

Chris Thurman

Humanitarian Assistance Student Chris Thurman

Chris Thurman is a M.A. candidate in International Development at the Josef Korbel School for International Studies, with a certificate in Humanitarian Assistance. His interests are primarily focused gender-based violence prevention education in refugee areas and gender capacity building in humanitarian responses. 

Chris hails from the state of Kentucky, where he attended pursued his undergraduate degrees at Eastern Kentucky University. His undergraduate degrees where in Political Science, English and Women & Gender Studies. Time spent working and volunteering at the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center while in undergrad caused him to realize his dreams of assisting those affected by conflict and disaster in the capacity of a gender rights advocate.  

While in Denver, Chris has begun to work in a professional capacity with The Blue Bench, the local sexual assault prevention and care center. He spends his time traveling to areas of Colorado facilitating discussions and leading programming based around gender based violence and response. He also serves as President of the Korbel Graduate Student Association and Korbel Climb Club, as well as Co-Director for the Queerbel Student Alliance and Communications Officer for the Amnesty International Chapter at Korbel.