By: David J. Smith, October 25, 2015
Day 3 of the 3rd Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar, October 25, started with a discussion led by me on approaches to advancing peacebuilding education in community colleges. We considered a number of strategies including courses, infusion, and professional development for faculty. I shared with the group my latest efforts to advance conflict resolution and workforce skills.
Our morning coffee break was sponsored by The Democracy Commitment (TDC). We were pleased to have Gabriel Arteaga talk about TDC’s efforts in promoting dialogue in community colleges: very critical today. This was folllowed by Dan Kahn presenting on the advocacy work of The Peace Alliance and student efforts through the Student Peace Alliance.
Our lunch speaker was Sara Ibrahim who addressed the need to advocate for refugees and the work of her group, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. She was followed
by Dave Alpher of Saferworld who examined strategies used to counter extremism and terrorism that have mostly failed, and considering other possibly more constructive approaches. Then Jacki Wilson, an independent consultant and formerly with the U.S. Institute of Peace, talked about her overseas work and retaliation. Finally, Mark Schulte from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting showed the film Circus Without Borders.
The afternoon coffee break was sponsored by
Sustained Dialogue. Elizabeth Wuerz skyped in and talked
about the group’s work. Tomorrow, the final day, the program visits the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.