Conflict Resolution and Peace Educators Meet in Cleveland, Ohio

The 6th International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education met at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Cleveland, Ohio June 12-15, 2013.  With over 300 educators, practitioners and students in attendance, it continues to be the largest gathering of conflict resolution, peace studies, peace education and peacebuilding educators in the U.S.   The conference was hosted by the Global Issues Resource Center at Tri-C.

Students and faculty from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio attending the conference
Students and faculty from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio attending the conference

This year’s theme was “Bridging Cultures: Education for Global Citizenship and Civic Engagement” and featured keynote presentations by Pablo Zuniga from the Organization of American States, Mark Schulte from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and Miguel Alvarez Gandara from SERAPAZ.

Sessions included a range of substantive and pedagogically oriented presentations by educators from K-12 and higher education environments.   Workshops were sponsored by the Global Peacebuilding Center of the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Institute for Economics and Peace, Naropa University, the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, and George Mason University, among others.   Conference attendees included North American educators (Canada, Mexico and U.S) but also educators from El Salvador, the Philippines, Australia, Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Kyrgyzstan, among other countries.  Several participants were gathering as part of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, known as GPPAC.

Jeff Dykhuizen from Delta College discusses his chapter in "Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource"
Jeff Dykhuizen from Delta College discusses his chapter in “Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource”

A number of pre-conference workshops were held including those on child rights, nonviolent struggle, and service learning.  The conference was followed by a two-day faculty development seminar (June 16-17) for community college faculty and those interested in working with community colleges.   Nearly 40 educators participated in that meeting.

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