See Peace Research for more information on specific PACS student research projects.
Seventeen students, including six PACS students, participated in an intensive two-day virtual dialogue skills training program through Essential Partners in the spring '21 semester, sponsored by The Baker Institute.
Olivia Simmons '22 and Jules Slater '21 competed in the annual Bailey Oratorical Awards competition, the prompt for which was, "What did we learn from the challenges of 2020 that we can use in the future. Slater took first place for their speech.
PACS students had the opportunity to attend a virtual version of the annual Peace and Justice Studies Association conference in fall 2020.
Mariah Dorsey '20, Shubhi Sharma '20, and Rose Vermette '20 attended the spring 2020 Lemkin Summit to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities at American University in Washington, D.C., which focused on the use of policy instruments that target the illicit financial flows of war criminals as a means of providing real leverage to revitalized peace processes and strategic human rights advocacy in places such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo), South Sudan, and Sudan.
Kaitlyn Granger '20 studied abroad in Brussels, Belgium, during the spring 2020 semester. (Her abroad experience was curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Perry Willig '21 studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador, at the Pachaysana Institute during the fall 2019 semester. (His abroad experience was curtailed due to social unrest in Quito.)
Cruzilious Contreras-Amezcua '23 served food and their community during Empty Bowls to raise money for Huntingdon County's four food banks and backpacks program during the fall 2019 semester.
Grace Cook-Huffman '22 and Kirwin Seger '19 delivered "Soapbox Speeches" in Beeghly Library in the fall 2019 semester.
Cruzilious Contreras-Amezcua '23, Kirwin Seger '19, and Elia Vasquez '23 attended the fall 2019 Human Rights Forum (formerly the Nobel Peace Prize Forum) at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. The HRF attempted to highlight new voices in the field of human rights, as well as provide participants in hands-on training in civil rights advocacy.
Lee Beary '22, Sarah Borgardt '22, Grace Cook-Huffman '22, Kaitlyn Granger '21, Jules Slater '21, and Melanie Thorn '23 attended the fall 2019 Peace and Justice Studies Association conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the theme of which was "Local Alignments, Global Upheavals: Reimagining Peace, Legitimacy, Jurisdiction, and Authority."
Mariah Dorsey '20 completed a summer 2019 internship with the Baker Institute that focused on the production of an annual report of Baker Institute and PACS programs, events, activism, scholarship, and other opportunities.
Kaitlyn Granger '21 participated in an internship opportunity with the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty in summer 2019, working in the Communication and Community Engagement department at an NGO called Hudson River Housing in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Peacebuilding and the Arts spring 2019 students took a field trip to Carlisle, PA, to the grounds of the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School and Dickinson College's Trout Gallery. The Trout museum featured artist Shan Goshorn's "Resisting the Mission" exhibit, which used baskets woven using traditional Cherokee double-weave techniques to provide commentary on the epistemic violence and cultural genocide committed by the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The artwork featured various perspectives of Indigenous students.
Sarah Borgardt '22 and Madalyn Miller '21 attended the 2019 Arms Control Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the theme of which was "New Risks and New Arms Control Solutions: North Korea, Disruptive Technologies, and the New Arms Race."
Mariah Dorsey '20, Kaitlyn Granger '21, and Madalyn Miller '19 attended the spring 2019 Lemkin Summit to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities at American University in Washington, D.C., which focused on conflicts with Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Somalia, and the Central African Republic (CAR).
Liliane Pari Umuhoza '19, Madalyn Miller '19, Sarah Borgardt '22, Lee Beary '22, and Shanna Menendez '22 attended the fall 2018 Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference at Arcadia University in Philadelphia, the theme of which was "Revolutionary Nonviolence in Violent Times: 50 Years since 1968."
Joshua Gerow '19, Ashley Sweigart '19, Kirwin Seger '20, Mariah Dorsey '20, Kaitlyn Granger '21, and Deon Mendez '21 attended the fall 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, the theme of which was The Paradox of Peace.
Olivia Charles-Pike '19 and Perry Willig '21 participated in internships opportunities with the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty in summer 2018. Charles-Pike was stationed at Church World Services, a federally-contracted refugee settlement agency in Greesnboro, N.C. Willig was stationed in Charleston, WV, where he worked with three nonprofit organizations tackling food insecurity in Appalachia.
Madalyn Miller '19 completed a summer 2018 internship with the Baker Institute that focused on marketing, social media, and web development.
Liliane Pari Umuhoza ‘19 is the recipient of funding from the Baker Institute during the summer of 2016 to travel back to her home country of Rwanda to complete an internship with The Survivor’s Fund (SURF), a collaborative effort that helps women survivors of the Rwandan Genocide through trauma healing efforts. View a video Liliane made about the annual survivors retreat that was born of this internship. (video forthcoming)
Curiosity and Compassion, and a Calling to Match
Savannah arrived at Juniata knowing who she wanted to be: A peacemaker and problem solver for a world in desperate need of both.
Courage of Conviction, Courage of Heart
Liliane Umuhoza ’19 traveled 7,500 miles to Juniata College from Kigali, Rwanda, intent on finding her voice, and persevering in service to peace and justice.