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The CONTACT program will not be offered in 2024.
Critical Global Issue of Study
Peace & Justice
Examine key concepts in peacebuilding and learn how to apply effective conflict transformation practices.
Peace & Justice
The CONTACT program is currently being reorganized as we refocus our mission and take on new partners. It will not be offered in 2024.
Attain invaluable, mission-critical skills to tackle urgent issues and build peace, both at home and abroad, in this world-renowned, professional and academic training program.
The underlying philosophy of this SIT Graduate summer program is that conflict transformation training and peacebuilding is most effective when it combines skills-based academic instruction with personal interaction between individuals across ideological, cultural, national, religious, and other divides.
Begin this two-week workshop by meeting your cohort on SIT’s idyllic campus in Vermont’s Green Mountains. Led by a diverse group of acclaimed faculty members with deep, applied classroom and research experience in peacebuilding and conflict management, you will learn about core ideas and effective practices of conflict transformation.
Over the course of your training, you and your fellow CONTACT participants will learn from one another and your instructors, following an intensive format based on SIT’s powerful experiential learning model.
By the end of the program, participants will have gained a mastery of conflict analysis; social identity and conflict; peacebuilding interventions; post-conflict reconciliation; intercultural communications; gender and peacebuilding; mediation; negotiation; dialogue; policy advocacy; and nonviolent social action.
Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.
With SIT’s experiential curriculum, you’ll learn how to put theory into practice. In addition to participating in professional trainings and workshops, you will focus on core topic areas that will allow you to develop skills to create peace in your own relationships, as well as in your community and beyond.
Upon completion of the CONTACT Certificate program, students will have:
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You may, for an additional cost, take the CONTACT program for two graduate credits. If you choose this option, you will complete additional work, such as a journal or a research paper.