The Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc. is a 501 c3 not-for-profit corporation established to advance experiential-based peacebuilding and humanitarian education. Based on a ‘full immersion’ approach, those participating in center programs role play as members of NGOs, military, and civilians in complex emergency situations where peacebuilding and humanitarian skill awareness are important.
The Forage Center model was developed by the late Paul C. Forage. Starting at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL in 2000, Forage offered the field exercise ‘Atlantic Hope’ for undergraduate students to experience working in complex emergency environments. After moving to Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce, FL, he continued to offer the program and also through the field exercise ‘Svetlina,’ offered a similar program in Macedonia for undergraduates. Since its original inception in 2000, over 500 students at the graduate and undergraduate level have participated with many going on to work in humanitarian and peacebuilding environments professionally.
Most recently, the program was redesigned for graduate students studying peacebuilding, conflict resolution, humanitarian assistance, and related areas. Recent institutions participating include George Mason University, Kennesaw State University, Nova Southeastern University, Tulane University, Wayne State University, and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. The Forage Center also encourages professionals working in the field to participate in its programs.
In 2015, the Forage Center was established to continue this effort and Paul Forage’s vision.
The Forage Center’s next field exercise will be held March 2019 in Swanton, Maryland. If you are interested in attending, contact the Forage Center.