World Learning’s Advancing Leaders Fellowship provides alumni with training, mentoring, and funding to implement an original social innovation project anywhere in the world. The 10 finalists will present their project proposals at World Learning’s Social Innovation Summit on June 5, 2013, and that evening the judges will announce the five fellowship recipients at the Citation Award dinner.
World Learning SIT Graduate Institute, Master of Arts in Social Justice and Intercultural Relations (2009)
Nurturing Leaders for Social Action
Strengthening and Sustaining Effective Leadership for Transforming Conflicts and Building Peace in India
Nurturing Leaders for Social Action will advance leadership and foster peacebuilding in four of India’s most conflict-ridden states. The project will address issues such as gender violence, human rights violations, trafficking, youth violence, religion and conflict, political leadership, and intra- and inter-tribe conflicts through a unique model that creates a ripple effect of leaders and changemakers. Forty peacebuilders from India’s most violent states will be trained in leadership and conflict transformation so that they can build their own “Peace Core” teams. These teams will in turn transform the lives of over 1,000 people that they will train in their communities.
About Varghese: Varghese Chakkummootil is the CEO and president of the Daya Center for Peace in Hyderabad, India. He has a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Intercultural Relations from World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute in the US, and a master’s in Christian-Muslim relations from Vrije University in the Netherlands. Varghese has been working in conflict transformation since 2003, with a focus on building relationships between people of different faiths, ethnicities, and social groups. He, along with the Daya team, has trained more than 4,500 young people from different parts of India, who continue to work for peace in society.
Varghese believes that peace is the way and strives to work with local partners in engaging people in non-violent processes for social change. He is committed to helping people strengthen their peacebuilding and leadership skills to address the challenges that are arising out of political, economic, social, and ecological injustices. Varghese is a strong believer in promoting and celebrating diversity. He has the cross-cultural experience of training young people from 35 countries in peace building and leadership.
Varghese lives with his wife Reeba in Hyderabad, India.