Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute, 2021

For 25 years, the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) has brought 150 – 200 people each year to Eastern Mennonite University to live and learn together. We were sad to go online last year, though we still found ways to build meaningful relationships and communities with peacebuilders from all over the world. We were also able to include some of our favorite extracurricular activities such as guest speakers and online coffee breaks.

Due to the continuing unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulties of the vaccine rollout, the May and June courses for the 2021 Summer Peacebuilding Institute will be online. We will again have incredible courses (see below) and continue to have guest speakers and coffee breaks. We look forward to your involvement.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Organizational Discounts
We understand that financial difficulties may be extra challenging, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. SPI offers a wide range of partial, matching, and full scholarships and fellowships to help you attend courses (Click here for information about all scholarships, fellowships, and discounts at SPI Online 2021).

Courses at SPI Online 2021 (May 17 – June 18, 2021)
(All courses for professional development or academic credit unless otherwise noted. Click course title for description as well as days and times of online portion of courses)

Trauma Awareness

Restorative and Social Justice

Leadership and Management

Conflict Transformation Skills

For information about the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, including courses, costs, and scholarship opportunities, click here.

To apply to SPI 2021, click here.


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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