Final Day of National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar: Visits to State Department, Organization of American States, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

By: David J. Smith, October 21, 2014

The final day of the National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar was held on Monday, October 20.  The day was designed as a “field day” with visits to peacebuilding related institutions for educational programs and briefings on their work.

Meeting the Lauren Fisher
Meeting  with Lauren Fischer

The first visit was to the U.S. Department of State.   The group was hosted by Lauren Fischer of the U.S. Diplomacy Center, State’s public education arm.  Lauren shared information on the plans for the center which will open in 2 years.   The center is expected to host educational groups, including community colleges.   She was followed by Dan Langenkamp from the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.  He explained the bureau’s work and shared that 70,000 refugees come to the U.S. every year: the largest number of other country.

Stats of where refugees are coming from
Where refugees are coming from

After the State Department, faculty visited the Organization of American States, the oldest regional organization in the world. The  Department of  Human Development, Education and Employment hosted the group.   Nichole Duncan shared with the group scholarship opportunities at OAS, Juliet Mallet Phillip discussed the broader work of OAS,  Ana Maria Ortiz talked about education opportunities, Lina Sevillano shared by the Rowe Fund, and Yadiro Soto briefed the group on the peacebuilding work of  OAS.  Other specialists also covered other aspects of the work of OAS.

Visiting the OAS
Visiting the OAS

Finally, participants were hosted by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Christina Chavarria and Kristin Thompson ran an educational program to the group.  An aspect of the program was visiting the Some Were Neighbors exhibit.

With Christina Chavarria at the USHMM
With Christina Chavarria at the USHMM

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