Our History

A visionary for peace.

As a peacemaker and philanthropist, Joan B. Kroc recognized that the strength and spirit of the University of San Diego provided an extraordinary foundation for building a school where scholars and practitioners could advance the work of peace and justice. From her original vision, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies was born. Responding to the opportunity to expand and fulfill its mission, the University developed a plan for an innovative institute to advance peace in the world and a graduate program in a spirit of commitment to Mrs. Kroc's dream of making peace.

Beginning in 1998 and until her death in 2003, Mrs. Kroc's endowments funded our facility, established the Institute for Peace and Justice, and developed the faculty, curriculum and programs that would become the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. Beyond her vast financial contribution, Joan Kroc was dedicated to making this world a more peaceful place. She believed that through education, people could learn to resolve differences peacefully.

The University of San Diego, through the Kroc School, will keep her legacy alive by, in her words, "not only talking about peace, but making peace."

students and alumni Keeping Mrs. Kroc's vision alive. Find out how our students and alumni are keeping Mrs. Kroc's vision alive.
Ami Carpenter's study about human trafficking Leading change through research and practice. Learn more about Ami Carpenter's groundbreaking study about human trafficking in San Diego.

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Contact Us

Phone: (619) 260-7919
Fax: (619) 849-8123

Visit Campus

KIPJ Room 121
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Make an impact in the world today.