Szymczak Peacemaking Fellowship Program
The Szymczak family provides the Center for Peacemaking with a generous annual donation to fund student projects that put nonviolence into action. Students have the option to work for an established organization or to create their own project. Upon their return, Szymczak Peacemaking Fellows present their work to the community in a formal presentation designed to showcase the different ways Marquette students are engaging in the struggle for peace and justice through the practice of nonviolence.
Szymczak Peacemaking Fellowships foster the development of nonviolent peacemakers by providing students the opportunity to put nonviolence into practice. Fellowships support individuals as they work to transform structures and relationships to provide for the the wellbeing of all.
Elizabeth Bailey and Kathleen Scott are working with youth in Cape Town, South Africa, as part of the Szymczak Peacemaking Fellowship program. They produced the video on the following link to share the work of the Peace Action and Community Activism (PACE) program that they developed: http://www.vimeo.com/15781203.
Student Peacemaking Fellowships
The application deadline for 2013 is closed
Each year the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking awards nearly $16,000 in Szymczak Peacemaking Fellowships. These $200 to $2,000 grants allow Marquette students to actively work for peace and explore nonviolence. At the end of their experience, the peacemakers present their discoveries to the community and invite students to apply for their own fellowships.
Past peacemaking fellows have:
- created a documentary on racism in Kirkwood, Missouri
- established a virtual community between students in South African segregated townships with Milwaukee’s inner-city students
- examined how nonviolence is being used to transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
- worked to alleviate interethnic tensions and HIV stigma in Voi Kenya by establishing a peacemaking library and creating discussions groups for orphans to work nonviolently through their struggles
- Examined the role public art plays in reconciliation in Northern Ireland
The Center for Peacemaking congratulates the following Szymczak Peacemaking Fellow Student awardees for Summer 2012:
- Nadreen Bagoun and Alexandra Newell - Ka Joog Means Stay Away Project
- Claire Wild Crea - Peace in Las Delicias Project
- Sarah Lauer, Anne O'Meara and Daryn Peres - Pine Ridge Restorative Justice Circles Project
- Ciara McHugh - If Walls Could Talk....: A Photographic Exploration of the Murals of Belfast and Derry
- Rachel Winegardner - Audio Stories of Reconciliation in Nicaragua
- Justine Shorter - Roses in Concrete
- Kelsey Simkins - Growing Peace