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Building Resilience for Challenging Systemic Racism (training course)

A Trauma Healing Workshop for Activists and Allies Taught by Ram Bhagat The framework for Building Resilience for Challenging Systemic Racism is grounded in Restorative Justice theory, values, and praxis. This three day course examines the demography of school discipline along with the impact of school suspensions on incarceration rates. BRCSR also examines culturally responsive mindfulness programs...

Peacebuilding Approaches to Violent Extremism (training course)

Taught by Lisa Schirch Participants will practice using a systems-based approach that explores 25 theories of change that correlate with violent extremism and compare three paradigms of response including counterterrorism, countering violent extremism (CVE), and peacebuilding. Using scenario-based learning, lectures, and case studies, participants will learn practical skills for programming a wide...

Trustbuilding: Toward Relational Justice and Sustainable Change (training course)

Taught by Barry Hart and Rob Corcoran The course addresses the importance of trustbuilding in the creation of healthy relationships and communities. To do this, trustbuilders have to be self-aware, honor their own dignity and that of others, and understand the historical and socio-cultural context in which they work. It is also important for them to provide safe spaces for relationships to develop...

Forgiveness and Reconciliation (training course)

Taught by Hizkias Assefa This course will explore the concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation, their various components, and the place they occupy in the spectrum of the various social science conflict-handling mechanisms. It will examine the concepts from different philosophical, cultural, and disciplinary perspectives, while looking at how they have been used for healing interpersonal relationships,...

Formation for Peacebuilding Practice (training course)

Taught by Gloria Rhodes As individuals working for peace, social justice, and the reduction of violence, we are the instrument of the work. Therefore, we need to cultivate our ability to engage conflict and injustice with wisdom, compassion, and clarity. Participants will strengthen their abilities to understand and manage self and to attend to self-care, to listen and communicate, create and maintain...

Community Day 2019: Cultivating a Justice-Oriented Community

We invite you to join us for a taste of the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at our annual Community Day on February 15, 2019, on campus at EMU in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This is a time for you to learn more about the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, meet others in our community, and gain new tools and skills to help you personally and professionally. Space is still available, but filling up...
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