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
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.
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:
College of Southern Maryland
Green River Community College
Sinclair Community College
The workshop is scheduled to be held again in June 2014. Those interested in participating, should contact Jennifer Batton at Jennifer.Batton@tri-c.edu or David J. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.