The symposium is hosted by the Center for Conflict Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace and the Alliance for Peacebuilding.
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: Middlebury in DC, 1400 K Street, Washington DC
The seventh annual graduate education symposium rides on the success and valuable contribution of the past six symposiums to the field of peace and conflict resolution. Learn about the Annual Graduate Education Symposiums.
Theme: Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion in Peace and Conflict Resolution
View our Call for Proposals.
Proposals due by September 15, 2017
We live in a world of deep divisions and polarization that is represented in our politics, that is experienced socially and economically and that escalates identity conflicts, turning them into complex and intractable tragedies. Inequity - built on race, ethnicity, religion, language, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability status, age, physical attributes, class, cultural background, nationality and more – dominates public spaces, and the conversations in these spaces creates greater polarization. Educational institutions of higher learning are no exception to these trends, and the growing number of race-related incidents on campuses across the country is just one indicator of an imminent challenge that should concern us all.
As members of academic, research and practice institutions, where intellectualism and activism meet, we are most equipped to bring conversations about diversity to the forefront of all we do as well as being capable of developing tools to deal with these conflicts. Additionally, as members of the peace and conflict studies field, we know that to reduce inequity around us, we must begin by examining inwardly into ourselves and our own profession while also reflecting on how diverse, inclusive and tolerant we are as a field of education.
We - as educators, practitioners, trainers, program managers, administrators, who prepare future conflict resolvers and peacebuilders to intervene in these complex conflicts - have a responsibility to review and ensure that our curriculum and teaching methodology reflects the diverse needs of the students, future practitioners and the communities they will serve. Diversity in the peace and conflict resolution curriculum, in turn, would also help diversify the student body attracted to the field leading to a richer dialogue that supports tolerance and inclusion. We know that we must also look deeper into our own identities and the impact that has on the shape and direction the field. Our identities also reflect our ability to bring diverse perspectives that are the cornerstone of our field. The ultimate goal of bringing more diversity to our field of education is that of social justice – we directly and in our immediate environment, transform structures that challenge injustices and ensure a more equitable society. We invite you to join us in this very timely, important and urgent conversation.