Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2016
May 9 – June 10, 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
- August 25th, 2015
New faculty members Johonna Turner and Tim Seidel bring strong ties to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), and to Mennonite peacebuilding organizations, as well as a variety of practice, theory, teaching and research experience. Turner, an assistant professor of restorative justice and peacebuilding, will begin teaching this fall. As …More
Graphic designer and marketing expert Kristen Opalinski turns her expertise to explorations of faith and social justiceAugust 7th, 2015
Kristen Opalinski is a woman on the go. Even as she hustled to complete a multimedia project during an intensive two-week media course at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, the graphic designer was in between international travels and media relations work on behalf of Peace Islands Institute (PII), a peacebuilding think tank founded in the Turkish …More
Undergraduate students work, share, learn with peacebuilders from around the world at summer instituteJuly 23rd, 2015
This summer, four Eastern Mennonite University undergraduate students worked at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, spending six weeks acting as hosts and ambassadors for approximately 145 international visitors. They were often the first on campus to greet weary travelers arriving from the airport in the wee hours of the night, and they were integral members of …More