Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2016
May 9 – June 17, 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
To the heart of Nepal’s political dialogue: young peacebuilder returns with new skills to greater responsibility in KathmanduJune 26th, 2015
Aspiring peacebuilder Sujan Rai arrived at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute a week late; she almost didn’t make it to Eastern Mennonite University at all. The delay: two massive earthquakes that hit her city of Kathmandu, Nepal in April. Rai and her family were among the lucky few who experienced no loss of life or property …More
Frontiers in peacebuilding: from Pakistan, the Philippines and Guatemala come stories of engaging with police and militaryJune 17th, 2015
How can peacebuilders engage with the police and military in pursuing peace? And how can police and the military engage with peacebuilders? That was the topic of a luncheon presentation by experts from Pakistan, the Philippines and Guatemala at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) during the Summer Peacebuilding Institute. “Peace activists tend to be sensitive to …More
- June 15th, 2015
Victor Dogos coordinates three interfaith peacebuilding workshops – one each for religious leaders, youth and women – in Chad every year, working with the financial and staff support from Mennonite Central Committee. This summer, he enrolled in all four sessions, approximately five weeks, of Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute to deepen his knowledge and improve …More