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CANCELED - Virtual Community Day

We're highly disappointed to announce that we have decided to cancel this year's Community Day. If you'd like to join us for a deeper experience of learning and connecting, take a look at the SPI courses we are offering in February. 

Join us for an engaging training and workshop series that aims to enhance your facilitation, peacebuilding and organizational tools for your work in the community. For the safety of all we have decided to move this online. A link to the event will be sent out to those registered closer to the date.

Short trainings offered in workshop format will serve as an introduction to several courses that will be offered at the 2022 Summer Peacebuilding Institute.

Community Day is modeled after the Summer Peacebuilding Institute which is held on campus every May and June.


  • General Registration Fee: $50
  • Student Registration Fee: $25
  • EMU Faculty Staff Registration Fee: $25
  • Org Discount: We offer an organizational discount for any group/org sending 3 or more people. Please contact if your organization would like more information.


Registration includes:

  • Two 90-minute workshop sessions
  • Morning and lunchtime plenary sessions
  • Waiver code for the $50 SPI application fee

*Please note that registration fees are non-refundable.

Plenary Speakers

Morning Plenary

Florina Xavier and Ashok Xavier, CJP Graduates

Florina and Ashok are current Fullbright fellows and visiting professors here on EMU's campus for the 2021/2022 academic year.

Lunchtime Plenary

Monica Robinson, Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project

Monica is the first Executive Director for SVBHP and is also the President of the local chapter of NAACP. She is a loving daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. She is a community organizer and activist.


A variety of workshops will be provided during morning and afternoon sessions. Participants will be able to sign up for their desired workshop/s via the registration page. Space is limited for each workshop and sign-up for the workshops is first-come, first-served. 

Circle Processes in Schools

Instructor: Kathy Evans and Michelle Edwards

During this 90-minute interactive workshop, participants will experience and learn about Circle Processes in schools, including Circles for building community, instruction, problem solving, resolving conflict, and repairing harm.

Walk It Like We Talk It!: Reflecting on our Peace and Justice Practice

Instructor: Gloria Rhodes

In the work of building peace and acting for more justice, we are the instruments of the work. And like other instruments that need care and maintenance, we need to attend to our own personal and professional development, growth and well-being. This attention can help us to be more effective as change agents, to find balance and sustainability in our work, and to reduce the harms we might cause to ourselves or others. This workshop provides a space for participants to reflect on who we are in our personal and professional work using a 4-part model. We will take time to identify our greatest challenges in acting for constructive change within ourselves, and in our families, organizations and communities. We will collect and share our successful strategies.

Transformational Leadership for Social Change

Instructor: Gaurav Pathania

Participants will learn a range of frameworks and practices about transformational leadership, identifying various ways to lead people, systems, and organizations in ways that bring about restoration, transformation, and promoting social justice.The workshop provides key approaches to practitioners working in the areas of health, education, immigration, homeless, prisons, mental health, mediation, labor unions and other areas of social life.

Restorative Justice

Instructor: Mikayla W C McCray & Jonathan Swartz

An introductory examination of the values, principles, and practices of restorative justice. Restorative justice is not a list of specific programs or a clear blueprint for systemic change. Instead, it is a theory, social movement, and set of practices that requires a radically different way of viewing, understanding, and responding to individual and collective harms and needs

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resiliency

Instructor: TBD

Trauma can occur when we face circumstances that we cannot control and that fully overwhelm us like a hurricane or an abusive incident.  STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) teaches us about what Trauma is, what Trauma does, and what can be done to help ourselves and others recover from Traumatic events or conditions.  Come and get a taste of the STAR learning experience.

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