Bridging Theory and Practice

The Center for Peacemaking operates at the intersection of thought and action. The center brings together students, faculty and the wider community to achieve three goals:

  • Formation – Shaping the values of youth and young adults as nonviolent peacemakers through unique educational, experiential and applied learning opportunities.
  • Scholarship – Producing high-quality and community-based participatory research that expands knowledge of how to address inequalities, resolve conflict and promote human dignity.
  • Community Peacemaking – Leading social action programs that disrupt cycles of violence, address root causes of conflict, and build strong, resilient and inclusive communities.

Program Model

The center operates four categories of programs that correspond with the above goals. The program model also serves as a framework to develop nonviolent peacemakers and changemakers.

Center for Peacemaking Program Model

Gandhi as young lawyer

What is Nonviolent Peacemaking?

This is among the most frequent questions we are asked at the Center for Peacemaking. Even a simple examination quickly reveals the depth and multidimensionality of nonviolence.

This overview is what we consider to be the foundations of nonviolent peacemaking.