North American Community College Peace Studies Programs Gather

Over June 16-17, 2013 community college faculty and supporters of community colleges met in Cleveland, Ohio in a workshop designed to support efforts at building peace and conflict programs and initiatives.  Sponsored by the Global

Kurt Hoffman from Allegany College of Maryland discusses his peace studies club
Kurt Hoffman from Allegany College of Maryland discusses his peace studies club

Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga Community College, the workshop brought together faculty from community colleges in the U.S. and Canada, and supporters of community colleges from institutions in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the Philippines, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Presentation at the community college seminar
Presentation at the community college seminar

Workshops focused on a range of curricular and extra- curricular strategies including gaining administrative support for a program, developing a student peace studies club, programmatic models from the U.S. and Canada, major theories in the field, and identifying resources including those online that support instruction.   The 2-day seminar was facilitated by Jennifer Batton, director of the Global Issues Resource Center, and David J. Smith, editor of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource.

This seminar is held annually in Cleveland and the participants constitute a special interest group working throughout the year to support community college efforts. A major initiative of the group is  supporting the Manual for Community Colleges in Developing Peace and Conflict Programs located at the Conflict Resolution Education Connection.

Participating community colleges included:

Allegany College of Maryland

Austin Community College

College of Southern Maryland

Cuyahoga Community College

Green River Community College

Northwest Vista College

Sault College

Sinclair Community College

Participants at the June Seminar
Participants at the June Seminar

The workshop is scheduled to be held again in June 2014.   Those interested in participating, should contact Jennifer Batton at or David J. Smith at


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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