8th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Virtual Seminar Builds Community During the Pandemic

The 8th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar ended on Saturday, 11/14/20. It was held over three consecutive Fridays and Saturdays: 10/30-31, 11/6-7, and 11/13-14. Nearly 60 faculty, administrators and students attended – the largest number to date. The large number, the virtual setting, and the reduced costs to attend, suggests benefits for virtual gatherings.

This year’s event was jointly sponsored by the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc., and David J. Smith Consulting, LLC.

The 2021 seminar will likely be held again at George Mason University, but will include a virtual track.

This year’s program featured presentations by organizations such as the Institute for Economics and Peace, the National Museum of American Diplomacy, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, the Forage Center, the Resist Violence Project, the University for Peace, and the Pulitzer Center. Presentations were made by educators and peacebuilders including Daryn Cambridge, Heather Payne, Ninette Irabaruta, Dave Ragland, Ana Cutter Patel, Katie Zanoni, Fran Faraz, and others. The full program is here.

You can watch the entire 6-day conference by visiting the Forage Center’s YouTube site. Go here!

Community colleges are at the core of peacebuilding work! Because of the issues we face today: social justice, the pandemic, climate change, political polarization, it is more important than ever before that we engage community college populations.


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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