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  • Katie Mansfield

    New STAR director brings vast experience with trauma, from 9/11 in Manhattan, through Kenya, to Swiss grad studies

    February 26th, 2015

    The first leg of her journey toward directing Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) began in 2001 when Katie Mansfield, then a divisional vice president of Goldman Sachs, lived through the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York. Subsequent legs in her journey: • Three years with Mennonite Central Committee in Kenya, where she did …More

  • At a known sanctuary where several migrant trails intersect on their way towards Tucson and beyond, migrants have constructed a shrine to commemorate loved ones lost along the way. This photo was taken by senior nursing student Zach Coverdale during one of his trips into the desert to provide food, water and care to those in need.

    Arizona Samaritans help life-threatened migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border

    January 22nd, 2015

    Since 2003, over 2,000 desperate people have died trying to cross the harsh Sonoran Desert between Mexico and the southwest United States. This continuous death toll prompted the foundation of Tucson Samaritans, a humanitarian group which has drawn in Isabel Allen, an alumnus of EMU’s STAR program, and senior nursing student Zach Coverdale. Allen is …More

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    CJP grad doing interfaith work in Nigeria

    December 23rd, 2014

    Within North American educational institutions affiliated with one of the three “historic peace churches” – Mennonite, Brethren and Quaker – only Eastern Mennonite University offers a graduate program pertaining to peace. Which is why aspiring peacebuilders from other Christian denominations often make their way to EMU. It’s why Jay Wittmeyer, now executive director of global mission and …More

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    Sunday school materials connect veterans, peace churches

    December 22nd, 2014

    Developers of a new Sunday school curriculum say it goes down a seldom-walked path — where pacifists accompany veterans toward peace. Released on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, the free six-week course focuses on biblical reflections and insights about trauma with significant input from a third source.“Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together” was created by …More

  • South Sudan USAID training (Babu)

    South Sudanese trainings under USAID highlight importance of trauma awareness, resilience, in conflict zones

    October 2nd, 2014

    Nearly 100 people in South Sudan, all employees of the U.S. government, recently benefited from intensive trauma awareness and resilience trainings facilitated by Eastern Mennonite University. The USAID-sponsored workshops in July and August introduced the approaches used by EMU’s Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) for addressing trauma, breaking cycles of violence, and building …More

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