Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2015
May 4 – June 12, 2015 | Courses | Instructors
Admissions for SPI 2015 is open! Apply now with our online application.
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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.
The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (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.
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.
Peace-trained alumni in Liberia and Sierra Leone tap local resilience and resourcefulness in curbing EbolaJanuary 21st, 2015
Ebola is frightening – terrifying even – but bowing to the fear that Ebola can produce invites additional unrest and cultural destruction in societies already reeling from recent civil wars. Instead, a lasting solution will emerge from tapping the resilience and resourcefulness of the people themselves. These are the messages being spread by alumni of …More
- January 2nd, 2015
[Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the spring/summer 2014 issue of Peacebuilder magazine.] Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, move over. Ditto for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University has its own version of a “power couple” – but the two truly represent “power for suffering people.” The man …More
South Sudanese trainings under USAID highlight importance of trauma awareness, resilience, in conflict zonesOctober 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