• Professional trainings and workshops to develop knowledge, skills, and awareness around key concepts in peacebuilding and community development
  • Cultural events to share CONTACT’s diverse participant experiences with the community

Learning Goals

  • Knowledge of foundational theories of intercultural community, identity development, conflict transformation, reconciliation processes, restorative practice, peacebuilding and development, non-violent social action, and trauma and resilience
  • Skills in areas such as dialog, mediation, negotiation, training and facilitation for peace education, and arts-based program design
  • Awareness of how personal and social identities impact conflicts and peacebuilding practice
  • Attitudes of courage, curiosity, rehumanization, intercultural understanding, and inclusion

Activities

  • Presentations by renowned faculty and trainers
  • Teamwork and community-building activities
  • Film viewings and discussions
  • Book presentation and signing
  • Local and regional cultural events
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Site visits
  • Group sharing related to personal and communal experiences of conflict
  • Music and movement workshops and performances
  • Preparing and sharing meals and cultural food traditions
Courses:

Peacebuilding I: Conflict Transformation and Global Relations
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
This course provides opportunities for you to build on the awareness and skills developed in Peacebuilding I: Conflict Transformation and Global Relations through more intense training in a particular skill-set. You will choose one elective. Recently offered sections include:

  • Peacebuilding and Development
    Peacebuilding and Development explores the effects of war economies, trade, and globalization on peacebuilding, and provides you with an opportunity to reflect on and share practical approaches to development and peacebuilding. It examines the interests and needs of various actors in development as well as the complex web of relationships that need to be developed and sustained if the century ahead is ultimately going to be the start of a Millennium of Peace. 
  • Strategies for Change Agents
    This course considers the multiple options available to individuals doing change work in conflict settings. Interactive discussions will focus on the limits and possibilities of specific change strategies, the circumstances that may make one pathway to achieving change more viable than others, and the mechanics of designing and launching a change initiative. You will select one specific conflict to work on throughout the elective. With that conflict in mind, you will design a conflict transformation and change project based on the following sequence of steps: analysis, theory of change, project design, project implementation, and project monitoring and evaluation.

For-Credit Option

You may, for an additional cost, take the CONTACT program for credit. If you choose this option, you will complete additional work such as a journal or research paper.