College of Southern Maryland Promotes Peacebuilding During International Education Week

The College of Southern Maryland, serving the three southern counties of Maryland, celebrated International

David Smith presenting to students at the College of Southern Maryland
David Smith presenting to students at the College of Southern Maryland

Education Week with a program  on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 for students on raising peacebuilding awareness.   Titled “Global Peacebuilding 101: Exploring Ways to Making the World a Better Place,” the college hosted David Smith who ran a program for  30 students that focused on global peacebuilding.   Students considered their own personal definitions of peace, examined peacebuilding as a means of working on important global problems, and looked at personal attributes  necessary to becoming a successful peacebuilder.  Smith used resources from the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Global Peacebuilding Center including the Seeds of Peace Witnesses to Peacebuilding  video.

He also met with faculty in a session titled “Peacebuilding and Community Colleges: Approaches to Building Global

Students engaged in a peacebuilding activity
Students engaged in a peacebuilding activity

Awareness” where he explored with them approaches to incorporating peacebuilding into college life.   In his presentation he examined course infusion, experiential learning, creating a peacebuilding classroom, and course and program development.  Much of his presentation drew from the work of his book Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource.  One resource he shared was using Conflict Styles Assessment as a means of getting students to be more aware of their own conflict approaches.

As part of the International Education Celebration the college is commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War with a series of speakers and presentations.

The college has an active global education committee and is currently exploring ways of making global peacebuilding more integrated college wide.

A discussion on "What is peace?"
A discussion on “What is peace?”

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