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International Women’s Day 2014

March 8 is International Women’s Day, which celebrates “the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present, and future.” World Learning is dedicated to empowering women and girls worldwide. We promote the advancement of women as leaders across civil society, government, and business sectors and work to improve economic, political, social, and other opportunities for women. Here are just a few of the ways World Learning’s staff, participants, and alumni are contributing to women’s empowerment: Pau Sian Lian, E Pleeth Baung, and Mai Len Nei Cer, are using the knowledge and skills they gained at World Learning’s Institute for Civil and Political Engagement in Burma, to improve gender equality across the country. Experiment alumna and writer Amy Logan conducted years of research before publishing her new novel The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice, which aims to raise awareness of honor … Continue reading

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Mentoring a New Generation of Peace Builders

A Washington Nationals baseball game isn’t the most likely place to begin a peacebuilding process, but that’s exactly where SIT Graduate Institute alumni Jaime Horn and Kim Massey saw two young women from Syria and the United States put their differences behind them. Horn and Massey are the founders and sole staff members of the Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women (ALI), a new organization that brings together women from the United States and abroad for short-term peacebuilding and leadership workshops. The first ALI group, which included participants from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, spent three weeks in Washington, DC, and New York City this past August, where they engaged in dialogue sessions, met with prominent peace builders, and bonded during backyard barbecues and sporting events. While ALI is a new organization, Horn and Massey have been friends since 2008, when … Continue reading

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CONTACT Alumni Become First Twins to Summit Mt. Everest

For many athletes, summiting Mt. Everest is the ultimate challenge; but Tashi and Nungshi Malik see their achievement as just the beginning of careers that meld outdoor sports with the larger challenge of conflict transformation. Earlier this year, the Maliks, alumni of SIT Graduate Institute’s Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) program, became the first-ever twin sisters to summit Everest, marking the end of nearly four years of training that included a summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. At the peak, the Indian twins celebrated with their climbing partner, Samina Baig of Pakistan, by hoisting the flags of India and Pakistan as a symbol of peace between their two nations. While India and Pakistan’s relationship has been marked by a long history of violence and conflict, the three climbers believe that gender inequality is a challenge that is common to … Continue reading

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Rwanda Symposium to Offer Perspectives, Inspiration

A renowned Argentine collective memory scholar and the executive secretary of the Rwanda Governance Advisory Council will be the keynote speakers for SIT’s upcoming interdisciplinary symposium on Conflict, Memory, and Reconciliation: Bridging past, present, and future in Kigali, Rwanda, January 10-13, 2012. Practitioners and scholars in the fields of memory, reconciliation, conflict transformation, peace and conflict studies, and human rights have been invited to the event. SIT Study Abroad and SIT Graduate Institute, programs of World Learning, are sponsoring the symposium in partnership with the Center for Conflict Management at the National University of Rwanda. Keynoter Elizabeth Jelin, PhD, is a sociologist and senior researcher at Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council. She is also academic director of the Center for Memory Studies at the Institute for Economic and Social Development in Buenos Aires. Rwanda Governance Advisory Council Executive … Continue reading

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Become a Beacon of Peace: 15 years of Peacebuilding

World Learning’s Conflict Transformation Across Cultures program is nearing its ambitious goal of training professional peacebuilders in half of the world’s countries—and just in time to celebrate the program’s 15-year anniversary. Read the press release. The three-week professional development course covers conflict analysis, interventions and strategies for use in protracted conflicts, and the essential tools of peacebuilding such as dialogue, mediation and training. Applications for this summer’s program are due April 30. Apply now. Below, a former CONTACT participant named Moussa shares how the CONTACT program changed his life and prepared him for a career in international development. In my country, Mali, we don’t know much about Arabic countries and the true realities of some neighboring countries. All we know is from newspapers, TV, or radio. But in the CONTACT Program in 2009, I got the wonderful opportunity to see, … Continue reading

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CONTACT participants honor International Day of Peace

A group of students, faculty and staff from the SIT Graduate Institute came together Tuesday to support peacebuilding efforts around the globe as part of an event marking September 21 as the International Day of Peace. Supporters gathered to sign a peace banner and engage in discussions about peacebuilding strategies, conflict analysis, and the meaning of peace. The event, organized and sponsored by the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures program, featured remarks from current and past CONTACT participants. Some of the dedicated individuals pursuing international peacebuilding efforts this month include: • Dr. Tatsushi Arai, associate professor of Conflict Transformation at the SIT Graduate Institute, who traveled to Pakistan to study the aftermath of the flood that devastated the country in July. He reports that the effects of the flood are both “structural and psychological.” • Dr. Paula Green, CONTACT program director … Continue reading

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Global Peacemakers Sharpen Skills at Workshop

Tatsushi Arai, associate professor of conflict transformation at World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute, led an advanced practitioner training  titled, Building Capacities for Cross-Cultural Communication, August 15-19 in Washington. The Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies in California sponsored the training, which brought together 35 practitioners, including senior representatives of the United Nations, government agencies, and non-government organizations from North and South Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia. They explored imaginative, yet practical ways of introducing rituals, metaphors, symbolic gestures, and storytelling to inter-communal relations divided by deep-rooted social conflict. Participants examined in-depth case studies that focused on refugee repatriation in the African Great Lakes region and the design of a program that brought Pakistani Islamic leaders to the United States for cross-cultural exchange. The case study of Pakistani-American relations was facilitated jointly by Arai and Azhar Hussain, senior vice president of … Continue reading

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CONTACT Participants Join Global Network of Peacebuilders

In June, peacebuilders from over 75 countries attended the three-week long Conflict Transformation Across Borders (CONTACT) program at World Learning’s Brattleboro campus. The CONTACT program happens every June in Vermont, and every December in Nepal. Participants have the opportunity to become part of a global network of peacebuilders who share stories, ideas, theories and experiences. Click below to hear more about the CONTACT program from Pascal Akimana, Mohamed Arbab, Miriam Dror, and Najlaa Wahwah.

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Conflict Transformation In the News

Today’s Brattleboro Reformer has a great article introducing the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) program to the greater southern Vermont community: Over the past 14 years, nearly 1,500 people from the United States and 60 countries around the world have traveled to Brattleboro to participate in the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) program, a three-week summer course conducted at SIT Graduate Institute. “They come because of the chaos and turmoil in their countries in the hopes they can find non-violent solutions to the problem of differences in approaches and needs and to establish more equal systems in their countries,” said Paula Green, a professor at SIT and the founder and director of CONTACT. Read the whole article here.

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CONTACT South Asia inaugurated in February in Kathmandu

In February, 48 participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka gathered in Kathmandu to take part in the first CONTACT (Conflict Transformation Across Cultures) South Asia Program in Kathmandu. The program was started in response to requests from South Asian students participating in the US program, as well as to the escalating tensions within the region. The program draws together South Asian emerging leaders and helps them develop professional affiliations while pushing them to work together towards building a strong and safe region. The program was led by SIT’s experienced CONTACT faculty with over 13 years of experience with refining the CONTACT curriculum and methodology in Vermont and Africa. Faculty included Tatsushi Arai, Kevin Clements, Paula Green, Shweta Sing, and CONTACT graduate, Juan Armando Diaz. “Alone, each facilitator is a powerhouse in their own right, but together … Continue reading

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