School of Peace Studies

Phone: (619) 260-7919
Fax: (619) 849-8109

Location: KIPJ Room 113
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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About the Kroc School

History and Mission

The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies was made possible by peacemaker and philanthropist Joan B. Kroc, who recognized that the strength and spirit of the University of San Diego provided an extraordinary foundation on which to build a unique school for scholars and practitioners to advance the work of peace and justice. A beacon of light to all those who knew her, Joan Kroc was dedicated to making this world a more peaceful place. She believed that through education, people could learn to resolve differences peacefully.

Responding to the opportunity to expand and fulfill its mission, the University developed a plan for an innovative program in a spirit of commitment to Mrs. Kroc’s dream of making peace. From 1998 until her death in 2003, Mrs. Kroc contributed more than $75 million to build the facility, establish the Institute for Peace and Justice, and develop the faculty, curriculum, and programs that would become the Kroc School of Peace Studies.

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.”

Milestones in Peace and Justice Studies at USD

In 1994, the Trans-Border Institute was established to promote scholarship, research and activities related to Mexico and the U.S. - Mexico Border.

In 2000, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice was established as a center for peacebuilding that sees peace as inseparable from justice and acts to prevent and resolve conflicts that threaten local, national and international peace.

In 2002, the University’s first Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies program was established in the College of Arts and Sciences.

In 2003, the Joan B. Kroc Distinguished Lecture Series was launched as a forum for high-level national and international leaders and policy makers to share their knowledge and perspectives with students and the community on issues related to peace and justice.

In 2007, the Master’s program, the Institute for Peace and Justice and the Trans-Border Institute were integrated to form a robust base for exploration of a range of peace and justice topics in the newly inaugurated Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.