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Ripple Effect: Grad Leads STAR Trainings in Somalia for USAID

A graduate of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), as well as the center’s Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program, is playing a key role in a USAID project that hopes to introduce trauma-healing principles to mor ...More


Haitians Embrace Trauma-Resilience Program

With a history of violence linked to colonization, intense poverty and vulnerable geographic location, Haiti has long suffered from natural disasters, social conflict, and other traumatic events. That is one reason more than 1,000 Haitians have welcomed trainings, materials and principles derived from Eastern Mennonite University’s STAR, which sta ...More


New Somalia President Studied Peace at EMU

The new president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, deepened his understanding of building peace in traumatized societies in three classes taken at the 2001 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) held at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). “We wish the best for you as you work to secure the peace, promote stability, and restore prosperity to the ...More


Book on Healing Wounds of Racism To Be Launched at EMU

Looking to come to terms with the history and evolution of racism, two authors logged thousands of miles and explored numerous sites of racial terror, chronicling their journey toward racial reconciliation in a book that will premiere at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m., in Martin Chapel. ...More


STAR Marks 10 Years of Trauma Healing

Hurt people hurt people. For 10 years, Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience — the STAR program at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) – has been helping to break that cycle. A February celebration at EMU marked a decade for this program that emerged at EMU’s Center for Justice a ...More


STAR Looks to the Future

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience program (known as STAR) at Eastern Mennonite University will host a time of reflection and look towards the future on Monday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. Founders of the program will reflect on its early years and Elaine Zook Barge, director of STAR, will share a vision for the ...More

STAR program artwork created by students during weekend training

New STAR Course Looks to Heal the Past

A program born out of the Sept. 11 tragedy, Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR), in partnership with Coming to the Table, will offer a one-time seminar designed to heal the past. “Healing Historical Harms (HHH),” will be taught 8:30 a.m. ...More


Nobel Laureate Helps Spark Women’s Program at EMU

In her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on Dec. 10, 2011, Leymah Gbowee called on women around the world “to unite in sisterhood to turn our tears into triumph, our despair into determination and our fear into fortitude.” Gb ...More


EMU President Makes Nobel Trip

Eastern Mennonite University alumna Leymah Gbowee will be joined by family, friends and university President Loren Swartzendruber in Oslo this weekend as she accepts the Nobel Peace Prize. Gbowee created the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace movement, working to end the rape and other violence that erupted during the second Liberian civil war in 2003. She is sharing this year’s pe ...More


Watch EMU Alum Receive Nobel Peace Prize

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) alumna Leymah Gbowee is one of three women jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize and will receive the award on Saturday, Dec. 10, in Oslo, Norway. The ceremony begins at 7 a.m. EST. Gbow ...More