Community colleges are working to promote the understanding of issues that have a global impact including those dealing with conflict, violence, war and the efforts to build peaceful and sustainable communities. To meet these objectives and better prepare students for a globalized, ever-changing 21st century, the NOVA Institute for Public Service (IPS) hosted the 2014 “Teaching about Global Conflict and Peace-building: A Seminar for Community Colleges” October 17 to 20. This seminar was designed to support faculty and administrators as they strive to develop relevant and innovative approaches to teaching about global conflict and peace-building.
The seminar brought together 36 faculty from NOVA, Santa Monica College, Richland College, Independence Community College, Miami Dade College, Valencia College, Pasco-Hernando Community College, Berea College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Madison College, Harper College, Cuyahoga Community College, Queensborough Community College, Montgomery College and the College of Southern Maryland.
The first day of the seminar was hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and featured presentations from a number of USIP staff focusing on militarized law enforcement, reconciliation and the history of conflict, defining peace and conflict and the work of USIP with Israelis and Palestinians. The second and third days were hosted by NOVA’s Alexandria Campus where individuals from various nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations gave presentations on approaches to teaching peace-building and global conflict and opportunities for student learning and internships. On the final day of the program, the faculty visited the U.S. Department of State, the Organization of American States and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum where they attended presentations focusing on the efforts of each organization in peace-building today.
The NOVA IPS is dedicated to applying the resources of the College to provide opportunities for learning and public service that contribute to the growth of civic awareness and engagement within the community and the greater Washington, D.C., area. IPS hopes this will be the first in a series of faculty professional development seminars to be held each semester at NOVA.
If you would like more information on this seminar or future seminars, please contact NOVA IPS Coordinator Linda Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.