Field Day visiting OAS and American Red Cross Highlight Last Day of Seminar

The final day (October 15) of the seminar “Teaching About Global Conflict and Peacebuilding” was a field day  with a visit to the American Red Cross and the Organization of American States (OAS).

Participants preparing for the day
Participants preparing for the day

At the Red Cross, dialogue trainer Alison Milofsky engaged the participants in a number of experiential activities to demonstrate the benefits of using dialogue with students.

A dialogue activity at the American Red Cross
A dialogue activity at the American Red Cross

At the Organization of American States, the seminar was hosted by Romina Kasman and her colleagues.  Presenters focused on educational resources including college scholarships and faculty training.  Yadira Soto discussed the history and mission of the OAS.

Returning back to the Red Cross, Laurie Fisher discussed the history of the original American Red Cross headquarters building and the tiffany windows in the Board of Governors Hall.   The remainder of the afternoon focused on participants talking about their projects and an evaluation of the program.   There was general agreement that the 4-day seminar exceeded expectations and should be continued in the future.  The

At the American Red Cross
At the American Red Cross

group hoped to continue to work together in promoting peacebuilding and urged

Yadira Soto of the Organization of American States
Yadira Soto of the Organization of American States
Inside the OAS Offices
Inside the OAS Offices

the continuation of this program.

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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