Strategic Directions

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School of Peace Studies: Strategic Directions Workshop, February 8, 2005

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Participants in the workshop and open forums were invited to submit additional ideas and comments about any of the topics under discussion. The following comments have been received on the topic of the School of Peace Studies.

Theme: Develop a five-year plan for establishing the School of Peace Studies and developing its curricula.

General Questions:

  1. How can we develop this new school as something truly unique?
  2. How can each existing school at USD best contribute to the new one?

Discussants: Anne Donnellan (discussion leader), Sr. Juanita Meyer (recorder), Denise Dimon, Pat Drinan, Sally Hardin, Terri Monroe, Teresa O’Rourke, Lee Ann Otto, Lonnie Rowell, Jerry Singleton, Julie Sullivan, Jorge Vargas.

Summary of Major Ideas

1. Infuse justice and the Catholic intellectual tradition into the School of Peace Studies.
  • Catholic Social Teaching should permeate USD and the School of Peace Studies.
  • Provide a value-oriented Peace Studies education within a Catholic university.
  • Make the School of Peace Studies the “Soul of the University.”
  • Emphasize “forgiveness” beyond conflict resolution.
  • Deal with both international and domestic issues.
  • Work toward sustainable peace by building alternatives and by creating programs that will sustain peace.
2. Blend the best of traditional and non-traditional formats in the new School.
  • Think creatively in establishing the structure and partnerships.
    • Utilize resources throughout USD’s College and Schools.
    • Create a non-competitive and entrepreneurial environment.
    • Interface with the military presence in San Diego to build and support peace.
    • Look at global issues involving Homeland Security as part of peace.
    • Partner with government and Homeland Security for employment of graduates.
    • Attract diverse students from all over the world.
  • Reaffirm commitment to financial aid and provision of scholarships.
    • Create new NGO’s.
    • Develop a formal relationship Catholic and non-Catholic universities in Latin America and Africa.
    • Involve visiting professors.
    • Emphasize action-oriented research.
  • Offer both traditional and non-traditional programs and course work.
    • Have a certificate program in Peace Studies
    • Focus on interdisciplinary program.
    • Develop a small core of peace studies with specializations
    • Provide students with action research.
    • Focus on immersion experiences—e.g., trip to El Salvador.
    • Offer leadership programs to teach students to be leaders.
    • Develop employable graduates open to careers in a variety of areas.

3. USD’s location creates a natural focus on Mexico, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim.

  • Pioneer in focusing on Latin America.
  • Involve Hispanic people in San Diego area.
  • Use our wealth to support programs in Mexico and to solve conflict in Latin America.
  • Network with UCSD and SDSU and universities in Mexico and Latin America.
  • Create a domestic track focusing on border issues.
  • Build programs focused on women and children.
  • Include Los Angeles in a regional focus; organize a summit for former gang members.
  • Graduates from the School of Peace Studies could join Peace Corps groups to Latin America.

4. Identify contributions that each existing school can make to the new one.

  • Create dialogue among schools and involve faculty from all USD schools:
    • School of Education: joint program in leadership, NGO development, action research, and teaching peace.
    • School of Business: develop economic opportunities and technical skills.
    • School of Nursing: disaster preparedness training, health issues.
    • School of Law: justice and human rights issues, comparative law, conflict mediation and negotiation, and international law.
    • College of Arts & Sciences: theology, philosophy, sociology, political science, theater arts, fine arts, and social justice issues in environmental studies utilizing science programs.
  • Involve faculty from various schools in team-teaching.
  • Incorporate one-unit courses with specializations and work as a team.
  • Have Peace Studies as the core of a multi-track program with other schools.
  • Use theater arts and fine arts in peace education.

Next Steps

  • Invite Brian Hehir as convener of a discussion about the School of Peace Studies.
  • Invite Richard Falk from UCSB to interact with Steering Committee.
  • Contact author Thomas Barnett and invite him to participate in a conference call.
  • Investigate different models for developing the new school.
  • Investigate models of non-traditional schools in other disciplines.
  • Invite experts in building programs.
  • List what we do not want, and it will clarify what we do want.
  • Utilize diagram for victory or success used in School of Business.
  • Look at model of focus programs in School of Business.

Action Items:

  1. President Lyons will name a Steering Committee or Task Force which will report to the Deans’ Council.
  2. Study models of non-traditional schools by reading and conference calls.
  3. Clarify role and function of School of Peace Studies.
  4. Develop process for creating the school, hiring the dean, etc.