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Faculty Partnership in Mexico
Professor Charles Reilly, PhD, is the faculty liaison for a growing collaboration between the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies and Loyola University in Mexico. This past January, Professor Reilly journeyed to Acapulco to teach a series of seminars on peacebuilding. Thirty-two participants are studying for a Diplomado or credential to better understand how peacebuilding skills might help curtail future violence in Mexico.
According to Dr. Reilly, the stamina, motivation and commitment of the participants were remarkable, spending six hours each day for sixteen weekends in workshops and seminars. Almost every participant knew someone or themselves had lost a member of their extended family to murder, kidnapping, extortion, or forced relocation from fear and threats. While violence has subsided somewhat since dramatic killings two years ago, Acapulco and Guerrero state still experience a great deal of violence and citizens are organizing to help reduce it at the local level.
“Acapulco is on the cutting edge of peace work among the Catholic dioceses in the country,” says Adelbert Sauvignon who organizes these peace training sessions at the national level. Participants in Acapulco include officials and faculty from Loyola University and its prep school, people from the state university, city and state government officials, leaders of NGOs, and priests and religious groups from the Catholic Archdiocese. The program is funded by a generous grant from the Mexico office of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
In February, Kroc School Founding Dean William R. Headley, PhD, now a Professor of Peace Studies, will provide workshops on conflict prevention and religious peacebuilding, and new Dean Edward C. Luck, PhD, will journey to Acapulco to close the program with a talk on the role of international organizations in building sustainable peace.
The Loyola team plans to continue initiatives on conflict transformation, human rights, and peacebuilding – as well as ongoing collaboration with the Javeriana University of Bogota in Colombia, ITESO of Guadalajra, Iberoamericana of Tijuana, and the Kroc School of the University of San Diego. Loyola and the Kroc School intend to expand student, faculty, and Trans-Border Institute exchanges in the future.