Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2016
May 9 – June 10, 2016 | Courses | Instructors
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SPI: Helping You Change Your World
- Gain skills and knowledge to decrease violence and conflict affecting your life.
- Share experiences and learn with colleagues from more than 30 countries.
- Learn to promote peace in your community, country, office, or home.
The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) provides broad-based and specialized trainings that empower participants to contextualize the knowledge to their own situations. Learn more about yourself, others, and the world around you. Courses are open to people interested in integrating conflict transformation, peacebuilding, restorative justice, trauma awareness, and related fields into their own work and life.
SPI offers four 7-day sessions, each with several courses running simultaneously. An interactive approach is used in all courses. Participants will learn from the course instructor as well as other participants and are encouraged to reflect and to share from their own experiences in the “safe space” created by SPI. Courses can be taken for professional training or graduate credit.
SPI Learning Community
The SPI community is one of mutual respect and elicitive learning. An interactive approach is used in all courses to draw upon the rich experience of participants as well as instructors. Participants are encouraged to reflect and to share from their own experiences in the safe space created by SPI. Minds and hearts are further opened outside of the courses with stimulating conversations, laughter, hiking, volleyball, group meals, and other activities.
Summer Peacebuilding Institute News
Undergraduate students work, share, learn with peacebuilders from around the world at summer instituteJuly 23rd, 2015
This summer, four Eastern Mennonite University undergraduate students worked at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, spending six weeks acting as hosts and ambassadors for approximately 145 international visitors. They were often the first on campus to greet weary travelers arriving from the airport in the wee hours of the night, and they were integral members of …More
Winifred Gray-Johnson and her father Wilfred share the EMU and Summer Peacebuilding Institute experienceJuly 16th, 2015
Like most children, Winifred Gray-Johnson didn’t pay much attention to what her father did for a living. She knew he often traveled from their home in Monrovia, Liberia, to the United States. She knew he occasionally visited a place in Virginia called Eastern Mennonite University. But she never imagined her father’s participation in the 2009 …More
Lassana Kanneh, a former child soldier in Liberia’s civil war, shares his story to help heal himself and othersJuly 9th, 2015
Lassana Kanneh is healing. In 1999, along with more than 20,000 Liberian children, 11-year-old Lassana became a soldier. He was kidnapped and forced to use drugs and alcohol, destroy property, and kill in the Second Liberian Civil War from 1999 to 2003. Now, he seeks peace for himself and his community in Liberia – a …More