University of San Diego graduate student to speak at University of Notre Dame peace conference

University of Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs

Jane Wanjiru Kinyua, a graduate student pursuing her Masters in Peace and Justice Studies, has been selected to present at the 2019 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, March 29–30, in Notre Dame, Indiana. This year’s conference focuses on the theme, “Expanding Circles: Peace in a Polarized Age?”

Kinyua will present a reflection entitled, “Children in inter-tribal peacebuilding: A case study of Children Peace Initiative Kenya”, on Friday, March 29th, at 1:30 p.m. Kinyua’s reflection will emphasize, “the unique roles played by children in peacebuilding that helps eliminate inter-tribal animosity and lead to social transformation”.

Kinuya was selected to present from a pool of over 75 proposals submitted by students or student teams. She is one of 58 students from 25 colleges and universities presenting papers, media projects and workshops and that highlight their own research, practice and projects in the interdisciplinary field of peace studies.

The Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, endowed by Joan B. Kroc and sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, is an annual event organized by students and for students. Its mission is to provide space for graduate and undergraduate students from all colleges and universities to dialogue about peacebuilding, social justice, and conflict transformation. Each year, the event draws hundreds of students from across North America and around the world.

“I strongly believe that the Student Peace Conference is the best peace studies conference for undergraduates in the country,” says Ernesto Verdeja, University of Notre Dame Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Kroc Institute. “We are looking forward to learning with and from this year’s presenters.”

In describing this year’s conference, Notre Dame student leaders wrote, “In our world today, we see an increase in displaced peoples, rising global powers, mass shootings, political divisiveness, and organized protests. How do we as students address this polarized reality in which we are embedded and endeavor to build more inclusive societies? What do inclusive approaches to peacebuilding look like in today’s divided social, political, and international systems?”

The conference will also include a keynote session featuring Delaney Tarr, a founding member of the March For Our Lives movement. Tarr is currently studying journalism at the University of Georgia

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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