David J. Smith (Estonia, 2003-2004) recently published as editor Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource through the U.S. Institute of Peace Press. The book reflects Smith’s efforts in working with nearly 120 U.S. community colleges in promoting peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and international education. From 2005-2012 he was a senior program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace where he focused primarily on promoting global peacebuilding and international education in colleges and universities. At the 2011 Fulbright Association Meeting, Smith hosted a meeting at USIP for those attending the DC conference.
The book is a collection of stories from 24 educators and professionals providing their insights on teaching about peacebuilding in 2-year colleges. Most of the writers are community college faculty who have focused their careers on international education and conflict resolution. The book includes syllabi, outlines, and activities that can be used with students. If you want to order this book published by USIP Press, click here.
“Because of their diversity, range of programming, and open admission, community colleges are often thought of as ‘democracy’s colleges.’ Nearly half of U.S. undergraduates and increasing numbers of foreign study students are choosing community colleges, “ comments Smith. “As a result, to promote a nation and world that is peaceful and secure, promoting peacebuilding in community colleges is critical.”
Prior to joining USIP, Smith was an associate professor at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland (1992-2005). It was at Harford that he was a 2003-2004 U.S. Fulbright Scholar teaching peace studies and conflict resolution at the University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia. He says, “My Fulbright experience was seminal for me personally and professionally. Upon returning to the U.S., I changed the trajectory of my career and have since focused on building peace.”
This article first appeared in Fulbright Association News, vol. 1, no. 5, June 2013. The Fulbright Association is the official alumni association of Fulbright grantees.