Global Citizenship

11th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar


11th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar (Virtual): Friday, October 27th & Friday, November 3, 2023

Teaching & Learning about Peacebuilding, Conflict, Human Rights, Social Justice, International Affairs & Nonviolence

Dates: October 27 & November 3, 2023
Times: 11am- 5pm EST on both days

Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 4, 2023

11th Annual National Community College Seminar Application 

Since 2013, the National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar has been held in Washington D.C. for students, faculty (part/full time) and administrators interested in the critical role that community colleges play in higher education, with panels on a range of topics related to peacebuilding, conflict, human rights, social justice, international affairs, and nonviolence.

This year, the seminar will be held in a virtual format (on Zoom) on two consecutive Fridays. The seminar will feature sessions with different peacebuilding-affiliated individuals, agencies, etc.

If this is of interest to you, please apply. The Global Citizenship Committee will review your application & reimburse your seminar fee. Once SMC participants are approved for the conference, registration information will be provided by the SMC International Education Center. Participants should plan to attend all seminar days/presentations.

For faculty and administrators, the registration fee is $80, which must be paid in advance of the seminar. Students can attend free of charge.

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Peacebuilding Seminar Participants

Professors who have attended the Seminar say...

"My initial interest in attending the conference was to introduce new and innovative ways of presenting a variety of topics that address equitable instruction and problem solving within diverse populations. Ty Olson's presentation on conflict was one that I connected with, and immediately implemented. Students working through ideas of social justice and equity via an art practice can be emotionally draining. Ty's strategies for identifying conflict and stress, in addition to providing support resources, assisted in my development of a survey for my students. The survey accessed an overview of students' emotional, social, and academic needs (not to mention my own). I'm able to provide more resources including those that I may not have considered previously which extend beyond the studio."                                                                                                                                                        -Tia Santana, art professor

My motivation for signing up for the Peacebuilding Seminar was "to get educated about conflict resolution and how to teach {it} better." In one of the talks, we discussed role-playing and "how to be able to listen and cultivate empathy for others' points of views. My main takeaway was that "resolution is not the goal, practicing identifying feelings and needs is." Another session focused on social media voting guides. This caught my attention as "I have found that students pay more attention to the concise and to-the-point TikTok style. It is important work for educators to make sure students are equipped to distinguish disinformation in politics." I am still reflecting on how to best integrate the content I have learned into my classes.                    -Elham Gheytanchi, sociology professor