Courses at SPI

SPI 2018 Course Offerings

Session I – May 14 - 22, 2018 (7-day, 3-credit)
Session II – May 24 - June 1, 2018 (7-day, 3-credit)
Session III – June 4 - 8, 2018 (5-day, 2-credit)
Session IV – June 11 - 15, 2018 (5-day, 2-credit)

Only one course may be taken per session. All courses can be taken for training and skills enhancement or academic credit. Session 1 and 2 courses may be taken for three academic credits. Session 3 and 4 courses may be taken for two academic credits.  Courses with PAX/PTI can be taken for academic credit or training. Courses with PTI can only be taken for training. Contact SPI for more information.

If you have questions about a particular course that are not answered in the information below, please feel free to contact the SPI office at spi@emu.edu.

 

Analysis: Understanding Conflict – PAX/PTI 533

Gloria Rhodes
Explore the nature, dynamics, and complex causes of conflict and violence. Discuss how relationships, motivations, culture, and worldviews increase or decrease violent conflict. Learn ways to understand and change multifaceted systems that perpetuate conflict.


Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR), Level II - PAX/PTI 640 

Katie Mansfield and Lisa Collins

Review and deepen the concepts from STAR Level 1. Work with trainers and other participants to plan your application and contextualization of STAR frameworks, models, concepts, and activities.


Transformative Leadership for Organizational Development - PAX/PTI 684 

David Brubaker and Elizabeth Girvan

Focus on the role of leaders in leading organizational and social change and managing structures, personnel, finances, and external networks and partnerships.


Forgiveness & Reconciliation - PAX/PTI 563 

Hizkias Assefa

Explore the concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation from multidisciplinary perspectives and understand how they can be used to generate durable solutions and healing at many levels of conflict from the interpersonal to the international.  

 

Modern Slavery and the Prison-Industrial Complex - PAX/PTI 685 

Monti Narayan Datta

Critically assess what human rights are, explore how and why it is still possible for human beings to be bought and sold around the world today, and investigate inequality in the American prison system.

 


Formation for Peacebuilding Practice – PAX/PTI 532

Gloria Rhodes
Explore various competencies needed by those who feel compelled to work for peace and social justice. Strengthen your abilities to listen and communicate, create and maintain healthy boundaries, recognize and promote diversity, lead from your vision and values, and engage people in dialogue and decision-making.


Restorative Justice: Principles, Theories & Applications- PAX/PTI 571 

Carl Stauffer

Deepen your understanding of justice. Explore a justice framework that focuses on healing, accountability, and community, not blame, punishment, and isolation.


Adaptive Action: Nonviolent Resistance in the 21st Century  - PAX/PTI 645

Glenda Eoyang and Mary Nations
Transform oppression into opportunity. Learn to effectively engage in a chaotic and uncertain political and social world. Analyze the dynamics that drive complex change in human systems and find practical ways to respond to forces that oppress.


Sexual Harms: Changing the Narrative - PAX/PTI 692 

Carolyn Stauffer and Talibah Aquil

Join the wave of leaders committed to creating environments free from sexual harm. Gain tools to respond to sexual violence and learn about preventative best practices. Design restorative interventions that build safety and resilience.


Circle Processes PAX/PTI 672 

Kay Pranis
Gain skills to lead a process that brings together victims, offenders, family, community members, and others to have difficult conversations and respond to acts of violence or crime. Explore the foundational values and key structural elements of the circle process and learn to design and conduct circles.


Biblical Foundations of Justice and Peacemaking - BVG 541  

Andrew Suderman
More than a study of a few select texts that deal with peacemaking, this course will explore and examine the various dimensions of peace in the Bible, with special attention to how the Bible as a whole functions as a foundation for peacemaking.


Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR), Level 1 –PAX 540/PTI 041

Donna Minter and Ram Bhagat

Explore processes and tools for addressing trauma, breaking cycles of violence, and building resilience. Increase awareness of the impact of trauma on the body, mind, beliefs, and behavior of individuals, communities, and societies.

 

Truth-telling, Racial Healing and Restorative Justice - PAX/PTI 671 

Fania Davis, Jodie Geddes and Lenore Bajare-Dukes
Explore linkages between truth, justice, and healing at personal and collective levels in the wake of violence. Discuss informal and formal approaches to truth-telling, restorative justice and reconciliation from around the world. Consider future applications of truth-telling amidst ongoing police violence against communities of color in the US.


Human-Centered Design - PAX/PTI 686

Roxy Allen Kioko

Master the four steps of inspiration, ideation, prototyping, and implementation to create products, services, campaigns, businesses, and other innovative solutions to real-world challenges across sectors, fields, and industries.


Peace Through Pictures: Visual Communication and Nonviolence - PAX/PTI 687

Kevin Hamilton

In a multimedia world, images have power. Learn to use imaging tools and techniques to promote peace with justice.

 

Christian Spirituality for Social Action - PAX/PTI 688

Jennifer Lee and Johonna Turner 

Explore Christian spiritual formation practices to nurture and sustain a life of community leadership, engaged ministry, and social activism. Expand awareness of spiritual disciplines as well as biblical and theological resources to support a faith-rooted approach to social action.


The Transformative Power of Identity and Dignity – PAX/PTI 551

Barry Hart 
Understand the positive and negative roles and transformative power of identity and dignity within complex conflicts, violence, and trauma.


Building Resilience in Body, Mind, and Spirit - PAX/PTI 612

Katie Mansfield and Katia Ornelas
Taking the body-mind connection seriously, peacebuilders, caregivers and change makers need full-bodied, creative engagement in activities for self-care and well-being. Explore strategies, tools, and exercises for individual participants and communities/organizations to cultivate safety, healthy uses of power, and a deeper sense of connection. Discuss cultural contexts, taboos, stereotypes, and biases that keep us from integrating creative, embodied practice into work for social change and peace.

 

Peace Education - PAX/PTI 546

Ed Brantmeier
Discuss the education that is needed for the elimination of direct and indirect forms of violence. Explore strategies to reduce violence such as bullying, implicit bias, ethnocentrism, physical fights, or institutional discrimination in schools, the workplace, and the community.


Designing Facilitated Processes that Work - PAX/PTI 689

Catherine Barnes

Do you ever think you need to go beyond basic meeting facilitation to design processes that will help groups address challenging situations, deal with differences and envision a better future? This class is intended for people with some experience of facilitation who want to take their skills to the next level through using context analysis, process design principles, and more conducive process methods.


Heidi Winters Vogel and Roger Foster

Develop fluency in participatory theatre techniques for use in mediation, intervention and group facilitation to promote participant-generated change.


 

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