Universities & Colleges

IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus (UCC)

Caucus Co-Chair:
Jerusha Kasch, CEM
Director of Institutional Crisis, Rice University  

Caucus Co-Chair:
Eric Hodges
Director, Emergency Management
Illinois State University

Caucus Vice Chair

George Nunez
Director, Office of Emergency Management,
Baylor University

Caucus Secretary
Anne-Marie McLaughlin
Director of Emergency Management and Continuity 
New York University

Board Liaison
Walter English, III, MS, CEM, VaPEM

IAEM-USA Region 3 President, 

Staff Liaison
Olivia Galinis

IAEM-USA members interested in participating in this caucus should email the caucus staff liaison and tell them how you can contribute to or learn from this committee's important work.

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus (UCC) is to represent emergency management issues surrounding college and university campuses. Although they are a part of the communities in which they reside, higher education institutions take on special and sometimes unique considerations when preparing their students, faculty, staff and visitors for responding to, recovering from and mitigating against emergencies. The purpose of this caucus is to provide emergency managers from higher education institutions a voice on a national and international scale to ensure their needs are also being addressed by government and industry officials.

Caucus Membership

All members of IAEM are eligible to be members of the Universities and Colleges Caucus. To be eligible to hold office in the caucus, and participate in the selection process for caucus officers, you must be a member of the IAEM-USA council and be an emergency management practitioner for an institution of higher education. To join the caucus, please complete the online form.

An “emergency management practitioner” is defined by the caucus rules as a university or college employee who has been designated by his or her administration with a primary role in administering emergency preparedness and management functions at their institution.

Basecamp and the UCC Repository

The UCC uses an online collaboration tool named Basecamp to share information, documents, an events calendar, and advance the goals of the caucus. All caucus members who are emergency management practitioners are provided access to Basecamp, including the UCC repository, a place where practitioners can share documents such as response plans, exercise plans, job descriptions, and after action reports. Access Basecamp at https://basecamp.com.

  • Basecamp Video Tutorial
    This tutorial video is intended to help members of the UCC understand how the caucus utilizes Basecamp, and the basic steps members can use to make the most of this software tool. This short video will provide a basic overview of the software tool, including logging in and key features used by the UCC.

National Intercollegiate Mutual Aid Agreement (NIMAA)

Beginning in 2014, a work group of UCC members researched and developed a mutual aid process for colleges and universities to share resources across the United States. By summer 2015, the process led to the development of what is now known as the National Intercollegiate Mutual Aid Agreement (NIMAA). The NIMAA is open to any institution of higher education who is willing to join.

Emergency Management in Higher Education Resources

  • Disaster Resilient Universities (DRU) Listserv is a peer-to-peer network intended for university and/or college emergency management professionals to share information and engage in discussions and dialogues related to the profession and emerging issues around campus emergency management. The DRU Listserv is hosted by the University of Oregon Emergency Management Program. Subscribe online here.
  • The DHS S&T Communities of Practice is an online network of vetted, active and retired first responders, emergency response professionals and federal, state, local, or tribal homeland security officials sponsored by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate’s First Responder Technologies (R-Tech) program. Registered members of this professional network share information, ideas, and best practices, enabling them to more efficiently and effectively prepare for all hazards. Access the Communities of Practice here.
  • The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center provides resources from the U.S. Department of Education for schools, including higher education. Visit the REMS Technical Assistance Center here.

Follow the UCC on Facebook

UCC Documents

UCC Webinar Series


The UCC Symposium will be a virtual event this year. Planning is under way.
Suggestions may be shared with the event chair, Cate Chrisman.
Watch the video below to learn more about the 2020 UCC Symposium:

2018 IAEM-USA University & Colleges Caucus Symposium, IAEM Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan


 Photos taken at the Universities & Colleges Caucus Symposium, IAEM 2018 Annual Conference. (Click each photo to see full-size.)

UCC Archives: 2017 UCC Syposium photos

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