By: David J. Smith, October 25, 2015

Gabriel Arteaga (left)
Gabriel Arteaga (left)

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.

Mark Schulte
Mark Schulte

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

Dave Alpher
Dave Alpher

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

Jacki Wilson
Jacki Wilson

Sustained Dialogue.  Elizabeth Wuerz skyped in and talked

Sustained Dialogue coffee sponsor
Sustained Dialogue coffee sponsor

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.

Sara Ibrahim
Sara Ibrahim