Montreal’s Dawson College To Establish Peace Centre

Dawson College in Montreal, QC recently initiated the process of developing a peace centre.   It is anticipated that Dawson’s centre will serve as a hub for current and future peace related initiatives related to nonviolence, education, research, community action, and personal well-being.

The current name of the effort – Centre for Peace and Nonviolence Education/La centre d’ éducation pour la paix et la nonviolence – will join other peace studies efforts at a number of Canadian community colleges/Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEPs) including at Sault College (ON), Selkrik College and Langara College (BC) and John Abbott College (QC).

The following was issued by the college in anticipation of the centre’s opening:

Working with the Peace Centre Advisory Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, students, and external partners, the College aims to officially open the Peace Centre in 2014. A newly formed Peace Centre Student Group is currently working on an initiative to bring voice to their concerns for and practices of peace and nonviolence. A Curriculum Working Group is developing a Peace Studies Certificate.

A current list of North American community colleges with peace and conflict related programs is found here.

For information about Dawson’s effort contact Julie Mooney 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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