Developing the peacebuilding practitioner

At CJP, our goal is to prepare leaders capable of guiding a variety of processes that promote a world that is less violent and more just. Because this work happens in many locations and under a wide variety of conditions, you will be encouraged to develop a specialization within your degree that is aligned with your vocational goals. You will work with your advisor to assess your interests and goals and, together, you will plan a course of study that will give you:

  • An understanding of justice, conflict, violence and change processes,
  • A foundational set of skills for responding to conflict, violence, and injustice,
  • An increased capacity for self-reflection in action, and
  • A specialized area of knowledge and practice that can help you find your place in the field after graduation.

During your time at CJP, you will:

  • Engage in hands-on practice opportunities in the community, alongside faculty and classmates.
  • Integrate local practice into your coursework.
  • Meet regularly with CJP’s practice coordinator to reflect on your vocational path and plan practice experiences during your studies.
  • Be able to apply for paid and unpaid practice projects.
  • Receive assistance in choosing your practicum placement and preparation for your practicum.
  • Have support from faculty and staff to achieve your learning goals.

The results of your study will be assessed in many ways.

  • You will receive grades in your classes.
  • You will write integrative papers in Foundations I and Foundations II.
  • You will demonstrate an understanding of research methods suitable for your area of practice.
  • Faculty members will assess your practice skills in at least one practice course.
  • Classmates will give you feedback on your work as a member of a team.
  • You will also assess your own development as a peacebuilder through reflective activities.

Documenting your learning journey

As a student, you will create a portfolio, to present your skills to future employers. Your advisor (and possibly other faculty members) will review your portfolio as it is being developed. Faculty members will also review your portfolio near the end of your studies, at which time they will be looking for:

  • Comprehensive final (integration paper from Foundations II)
  • Documentation and reflection on practice activities
  • Documentation of specialized area of study
  • Practicum application and reflections
  • Reference letters (if desired & available)
  • Reflective papers (or other pieces that demonstrate your vocational growth and capacity for self-reflection and learning)
  • Resume
  • Sample course papers & other pieces (e.g. you might want to start a blog and put sample blog posts in here)

Other than the resume, which should be prepared for sharing with potential employers or partners in the field, and your comprehensive final, which is written, you may choose to present your portfolio in any medium that can be captured in a digital space. We encourage you to think creatively and to use video, music, art, the spoken word and other media to present a clear picture of you as a peacebuilding leader.