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Montgomery College Awarded United States Institute of Peace Grant

Funding to Support Educational Programming for Peacebuilding

Montgomery College has received $1,600 in funding support from the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). The funds will support educational programming conducted for and by students around the theme of resilience in conflict and post-conflict transitions.

Jennifer Haydel, assistant professor of political science and director of the Renaissance Scholars honors program at Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus, noted that “the grant funding will allow students to explore the power individuals have to survive tragedy and emerge resilient in the face of conflict.” During this spring, students in the Renaissance Scholars honors program at the College’s Germantown Campus will explore the central themes that emerge in the book “In the Shadow of the Banyan,” by Vaddey Radner, in their courses. Those themes include identity during political transitions, the power of art and religion to inspire individuals and transform conflict, the institutions and practices that help societies to recover from violence, and natural science contributions to peacebuilding.

From May 1–6, 2013, the students will exhibit their resulting research and work in the upper atrium of the High Tech Building on the Germantown Campus. A special opening for the exhibit will be held from 6–8 p.m. in Room 216, High Technology and Science Center.

“USIP is pleased to support organizations like Montgomery College and their contribution to the national conversation around international conflict—and methods for resolving those conflicts nonviolently,” commented USIP President Jim Marshall.

The United States Institute of Peace is the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP works to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security. USIP is headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in Baghdad, Iraq, and Kabul, Afghanistan.

As part of its congressional mandate, USIP devotes a portion of its budget to support organizations that will advance the field of conflict management by developing new techniques, establishing best practices, and professionalizing the field through education and training. The Public Education for Peacebuilding Support is a program of USIP administered by the Institute of International Education.

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