I’ve been connected with the Peace & Reconciliation Studies Program here at UMaine, as both the program coordinator and an instructor, since 1990. Beginning in July of 2003, I took on a new role as director of our K-12 Youth Violence Prevention Project. This project has been supported by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services since 1996. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to do peacework on a daily basis, through teaching academic peace studies courses and working with many elementary, middle and high school students and teachers throughout the state on school climate concerns, restorative practices, conflict resolution, mediation and diversity. (You can read more about these efforts here.)
As faculty in the Peace & Reconciliation Studies Program, I have the opportunity to teach PAX 201, Introduction to Peace Studies, each fall; and PAX 491, Forgiveness: Creating A Culture of Peace & Reconciliation, each spring. I have also taught courses on conflict resolution, diversity education for teachers, and a travel-study course, PAX 495, Cuba: Myths and Realities, during which I traveled to Cuba with the students over spring break.
I received an M.Ed in Peace Education from the University of Maine in 1999.
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