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Rotary District 5160

Peace and Conflict Resolution

Page managed by Susan Cohen Grossman, Concord Rotary Club Member & District 5160 Peace Fellows Chair (updated February 16, 2017)
For Immediate Release: The Peace Fellowship program is now accepting applications for 2018/20 (masters) and 2018 (certificate). Contact Rotary Clubs or Districts. For District 5160, please see below for contact information.
Rotarians throughout District 5160 are encouraged to be actively engaged with the peace fellowship program by seeking out qualified candidates and shepherding interested and qualified candidates through the application process, into their studies, and lives beyond.

Rotary Peace Fellows come from many walks of life including

  • Rotary program alumni. Rotaractors, Interactors, and former Ambassadorial (now called Global Grant) Scholars are encouraged to apply
  • Universities. Alumni associations, career offices, study-abroad offices, and departments of international studies, political sciences, and peace studies
  • Educators at all levels and locations (elementary, secondary, inner city, community colleges, universities)
  • Former international volunteers, for example, Peace Corps volunteers with international experience and interest in working on issues of peace and development
  • Non-Governmental Organizations including international and community development organizations
  • Government and nonprofit agencies including local, state, national governmentments, nonprofits providing social services, law enforcement, public health, military
  • Diplomatic corps working in an embassy or consulate
Fellows embark on one to two years of study to earn a master’s-level degree OR a 3-month professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, Sweden, the United States, and Thailand.  Go to www.rotary.org for more details about each of the centers.
rotarycenters Building Peace! Listen and watch the video about Rotary peace fellows tell their stories (click on graphic) (If the link doesn't work, go to You Tube and search for Building Peace)

News from two current peace fellows nominated by District 5160:

  • From Sierra Leone, Joseph Smith is working on a Masters in Public and Social Policy at the Rotary Peace Center located in Tokyo, Japan at International Christian University. His speciality within the International Relations program will focus on policies and governance of the extractive (mining) industry. Joseph has experience working in this realm, an important economic sector in Sierra Leone.
  • From Uganda, Patrick Bwire met a District 5160 Rotarian and then applied to become a peace fellow. Admitted into Duke University's Masters in International Development program, Patrick was elected to be the head of the students (including peace fellows and others) in 2016. He is exploring possible spots for applying his skills in summer 2017. All fellows have a summer field experience that gives them more experience "hands on" in the realm of peace and conflict resolution.

ROTARIANS: If there are prospective candidates, please let them know about the website (www.rotary.org) and encourage them to learn all they can about the program, where it's conducted, what the requirements and timing are, and how to apply. This is the time to get to know these possible candidates, to explore what's possible and where their interests lie, and encourage them to become more informed about each of the Rotary Peace Centers offerings and review the application documents and other resources on the Rotary website. https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships

Nominated by District 5160, Adrien Lokangaka (2012-14) says his small village in the Democratic Republic of Congo was in dire need of medicine after war. “People need not only the end of war, but they also want to be free from the consequences of war, and one of those is bad health,” he says. “I am an ordinary person, but Rotary has given me an extraordinary opportunity.”

For more information, contact Susan Cohen Grossman
Rotary District 5160 Peace Fellows Committee Chair
E-mail:  susancg@pacbell.net
Telephone: 707-319-1053

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