Organized by Students for Global Peacebuilding based at the University of California/Irvine, educators, students,
researchers, activists, and local residents gathered as part of Peace Week, January 28-31, 2014 to focus on building capacity in the region for advancing peacebuilding and nonviolence. The week was supported by UCI’s Center for Citizen Peacebuilding and the Center for Living Peace.
The week featured James Doty, MD, the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University who spoke on compassion. Sessions were held on courageous conversations, challenging violence, practicing nonviolence, forgiveness, and peace education. Presentations were made by representatives from the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Orange County Human Relations Council, the Amy Biehl Foundation,
UNESCO, and Teachers Without Borders. A number of area community college peace studies and conflict resolution programs participated including those from Golden West College and San Diego City College.
The group plans on continuing to meet and build peacebuilding awareness in the region. If you are interested in
participating in this effort, contact Paula Garb, Co-director of the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding at firstname.lastname@example.org.