This emphasis focuses on the place of peace in contexts of systemic injustices, war and conflict, tribal and racial tension, and communities where violence is common.
The need for peace
Places where development and justice initiatives are needed have often been impacted by violence and imbalances of power. There are a number of global regions where NGO development, governmental development, and relief initiatives are taking place.
In these contexts, reconciling communities and fostering restorative justice are critical steps for stability and long-term development. Addressing the issues of reconciliation at the community level can help impact larger systems while also preventing mass violence, large-scale disaster, and displacement.
Peacebuilding and reconciliation initiatives are imperative for communities to heal and begin the process of rebuilding.
What to expect
Students who choose the Peace and Reconciliation Emphasis will take a distinct path of research and some specific courses designed to develop necessary skills for peacebuilding in global contexts. Internships and research projects will prepare our students to engage effectively in this field.