Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2015
May 4 – June 12, 2015 | 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
Restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr ‘roasted’ during the celebration of anniversary edition of ‘Changing Lenses’May 29th, 2015
The Renaissance Mennonite. A friendly service dog. A teddy bear. A creative prankster. Hot Rod Howie. Many names were tossed at Howard Zehr the night of May 23, as his writing career and restorative justice work were humorously honored with a “roast” at Eastern Mennonite University. While most retiring professors of Zehr’s stature and worldwide …More
Harrisonburg vigil protests deaths of young black men: ‘When something happens in my hometown…I carry it with me,’ says CJP studentMay 28th, 2015
About 35 people gathered in Court Square on Saturday [May 23, 2015] for a vigil protesting the deaths of young black men that has made news in Baltimore, New York and other cities across the country over the last year. Jodie Geddes, a graduate student at Eastern Mennonite University who is attending the Summer Peacebuilding Institute [SPI], helped …More
Youth programs officer combines development experience with peacebuilding skills to help Zimbabwe’s communitiesMay 26th, 2015
For Taziwa Machiwana, peace is not just the absence of violence, but a nationwide, structural condition in which young people can find jobs, pursue educational goals and enjoy basic human rights. It is a peace that has long been elusive for Zimbabwe, but one Machiwana hopes to facilitate through empowering young people to advocate for …More