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The CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program is a three-week professional and academic program in conflict transformation. It is held on the SIT Graduate Institute campus in Brattleboro, Vermont, US. The program serves the needs of working professionals who want to further their skills and knowledge in peacebuilding, as well as those who plan to pursue a graduate degree in conflict transformation.
The program explores ways to confront the past, intervene in the present, and create a shared vision for a secure and sustainable future. Through a combination of readings, discussions, and experiential activities with faculty, participants develop a full range of peacebuilding skills and techniques.
Participants benefit from the unique opportunity to be in a diverse multicultural setting and share experiences and knowledge. Each year, peacebuilders from more than 30 countries around the world come to Vermont to participate in this program.
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
Dr. Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution, multi-track diplomacy, sustainable development, and cross-cultural communication with 20 years of diverse international experience. He is associate professor of peacebuilding and conflict transformation at the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute in Vermont, fellow of the Center for Peacemaking Practice at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Virginia, and research associate of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research in Hawaii.
Suzanne Belleci, MA, has taught peace and conflict studies at the Arab American University of Jenin, Palestine, and master's degree courses on intercultural communications, organizational behavior, and peacebuilding at SIT Graduate Institute.
Ryland White, professor, has been a member of SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1993. She teaches courses in training design for experiential learning, training for social action, dismantling disability, and ethics and intercultural training design.
Mehlaqa Samdani is the founder and director of Critical Connections, a nonprofit organization in western Massachusetts committed to improving understanding of the Muslim world and the Muslim diaspora through dialogue, analysis, and outreach.
Joseph Sebarenzi earned a doctorate in international human rights law from the National University of Ireland, a master’s degree in international and intercultural management from SIT Graduate Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He holds an honorary doctorate in law from Marlboro College (Vermont, US).
Bruce W. Dayton (PhD, Syracuse University, 1999) has been active in peacebuilding and conflict transformation work for over twenty years as a practitioner, a researcher, and an educator. His work focuses on the intersection of social identity and intractable conflicts and the role that intermediaries can play in transforming them.
Baht is a widely experienced trainer/facilitator and consultant in the field of nonviolence, conflict transformation, and peacebuilding. He has served as a course tutor with Responding to Conflict, UK, leads workshops throughout Asia and beyond, and was the Deputy Director of AKKAPKA Foundation, a social change organization espousing active nonviolence in the Philippines, for more than 5 years.
Peacebuilding I: Conflict Transformation and Global Relations (2 credits)
This two-week core course serves as a learning laboratory for multicultural community building, self-reflection, and the deepening of relationships with others across differences of experience, culture, and history. Course content focuses on the complex and interrelated causes and dimensions of protracted violent conflict, the recurrent cycles of conflicts, and the steps that lead to healing and reconciliation. This course introduces micro-skills such as the fundamentals of mediation, negotiation, facilitation, and training, as well as strategies for change in places of communal conflict.
Peacebuilding II: Professional Practices in Peacebuilding (1 credit)
This course provides opportunities for students to build on the awareness and skills developed in Peacebuilding I: Conflict Transformation and Global Relations. Participants choose one elective. Recently offered sections include:
Some examples of activities and workshops include:
The CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program is designed for working professionals who want to further their skills and knowledge in peacebuilding, as well as those who plan to pursue a graduate degree in conflict transformation. Participants hail from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, and over the years have represented more than 60 different countries. Alumni of the CONTACT summer program are working globally with a variety of local and international NGOs; local, state, and national governments; community and youth organizations; religious and cultural institutions; and media organizations.
Criteria for acceptance into the program include professional experience, academic ability, career goals, cross-cultural experiences, and ability to work well with others. A variety of methods may be used to assess these qualities, including an essay, review of past academic performance, references, and in some cases a personal interview.
Apply online to the CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program. Please submit the following materials via your online application.
A limited number of competitive scholarships are available to participants of the CONTACT program. These scholarships cover only tuition expenses, and do not cover room, board, transportation, visa fees, or other personal expenses. Participants are encouraged to seek out funding sources within their own communities or organizations to cover the cost of participation.
|Application deadline||SIT is still accepting applications for 2015 programs on a rolling basis. Contact Admissions for details.|
|Arrival and Registration||May 31, 2015|
|Peacebuilding I||June 1, 2015 to June 12, 2015
SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, Vermont
|Peacebuilding II||June 15, 2015 to June 19, 2015
SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, Vermont
Note: Classes take place Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Optional but recommended evening and weekend activities take place most days.
|Room and Board at World Learning*||$861|
|Health Insurance for International Participants||$64|
* Rates are subject to change. Participants are not required to stay in on-campus housing.
Tuition and room and board must be paid in full prior to the start of the program. World Learning accepts Visa and MasterCard, personal or bank check, cash, or wire transfers.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details regarding the payment process.