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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. 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, sustainable development, and cross-cultural communication with seventeen years of international experience. Currently, he is an associate professor of peacebuilding and conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and a fellow of the Center for Peacemaking Practice, the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University in Virginia.
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.
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management
Ryland White, associate 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.
Paula Green is a professor of conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute, and the founder-director of Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT), a graduate certificate program of the SIT Summer Peacebuilding Institute held annually for peacemakers from around the world.
Paddy Moore, MA, MPA, is a mediator specializing in health care, environmental and public policy issues. She has held senior leadership positions in state human service agencies in New Jersey and Massachusetts.
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.
Kevin Clements, PhD, is currently the director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Dr. Clements comes to Otago from the University of Queensland, where he was a professor of peace and conflict studies and the director of the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.
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, USA).
Jan Passion earned his master’s in international and intercultural management at the School for International Training in 2000. Jan has been working in the field of peace and nonviolence for over 30 years. He was a founding member of the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) working primarily in the Sri Lanka project as the deputy director, and later as human resource manager.
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.
Alice Nderitu is currently senior advisor at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, an independent mediation organization that helps improve the global response to armed conflict, where she advises on two armed and violent conflicts: one in the Plateau State of Northern Nigeria and the other on the Sudan and Southern Sudan border. She is currently working with the peace process in Addis Ababa.
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||February 24, 2015|
|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.
** All World Learning students studying on campus must have health insurance. If a student does not present proof of health insurance to World Learning before the start date of the program, then he/she will be charged for coverage for the period in which s/he studies on the World Learning campus.
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