"An Experience I Will Never Forget" - Peer Mediation in Tonga

"An Experience I Will Never Forget" - Peer Mediation in Tonga

The David O. McKay Center works closely with the Pacific Islanders namely in the islands of Tonga, Samoa, and Fiji, by sending Peer Mediators to these islands to teach in schools and serve the people of those communities. These are school sanctioned internships and anybody may go to fulfill a Peacebuilding Internship! Alexa Benavides recently had the special opportunity to fulfill her Peer Mediation internship in Tonga over the Summer. Read on about her experience, and what you may want to know should you decide to participate in this opportunity! For more information on internships, please reach out to David Whippy at david.whippy@go.byuh.edu.

"The Beautiful People on Prison Island" by Malia Diaz

"The Beautiful People on Prison Island" by Malia Diaz

Malia Diaz, a student of the Intercultural Peacebuilding Program, recently fulfilled an internship in Moria, Greece, a place who is a feeling a deep burden as it is challenged with the influx of asylum seekers trying to get to safer ground. She was able to teach English there, to help asylum seekers integrate. But most importantly she felt her calling there was to bring about a perspective of seeing people as people. Of loving them, and of being of great service to them. During her time there, BBC filmed a documentary on the rough circumstances of the region. It will be linked at the end of her article! Read about her truly compelling and heart tugging experience!

"Understanding My Samoan Heritage" by Bella Bigley

"Understanding My Samoan Heritage" by Bella Bigley

Bella Bigley, an Intercultural Peacebuilding Student from California, and also the Community Field Director for the David O. McKay Center, tells of her experience whilst fulfilling a Peacebuilding Internship in Samoa this Summer. Read about the what the experience meant to her and her identity as a woman of Samoan Heritage.

How I Brought the "Outward Mindset" to Japan by Takuya Ogasawara

How I Brought the "Outward Mindset" to Japan by Takuya Ogasawara

Takuya, a recent graduate of the Intercultural Peacebuilding Program, fulfilled a project in which he returned to his home country to teach principles from the Arbinger Institute in local Junior High Schools. Read about his amazing experience below. 

"The Unicorn in a Business Vest"

"The Unicorn in a Business Vest"

Katie Bak, a recent graduate of the Intercultural Peacebuilding Program at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, tells of her affair in finding a career, post graduation, where she is able to support herself practically while also pursuing her passion in creating a less divisive world. She has succeeded thus far, and is loving what she is doing while living in Europe! The skills she has obtained through the Peacebuilding professors of the McKay Foyer have benefited her immensely, and she now teaches these principles to people from all over the globe! Read about her story through her compelling article titled “The Unicorn in a Business Vest.”

Peer Mediation in Action by Chamberlain Schultz

Peer Mediation in Action by Chamberlain Schultz

Chamberlain, a recent graduate of the Peacebuilding Certificate, took her passion of mediation with her to the Philippines to teach others about the beauty of the practice. Read about her amazing experience here!

Hear from Kayla Helm, IPB Alumni

Hear from Kayla Helm, IPB Alumni

Kayla Helm is a more recent graduate of the Intercultural Peacebuilding Program. We wanted to get her insights and find out what she’s been up to since graduating with the Intercultural Peacebuilding Degree! Read her story to learn a little bit more about the application of Peace in her world.

Alumni Feature: Zach Tilton

Alumni Feature: Zach Tilton

We have been really working with the Alumni of the Peacebuilding program to channel their experiences toward current and prospective students. This is to help showcase the wide variety of  ventures that many coming out of the Peacebuilding major have been able to accomplish! Read on about Peacebuilding Alumni, Zach Tilton! He has amazing insight to share.

Intercultural Peacebuilding Student Feature- Colton McLane

Intercultural Peacebuilding Student Feature- Colton McLane

Meet Colton McLane, a student from a small town in Maryland. Set out in big hopes back in 2012 to attend Brigham Young University Hawai'i, and join the Peacebuilding program. He shares his inspiration behind pursuing the unique degree, how it has impacted his life, what BYU Jerusalem was like, as well as some advice for future students. He is a graduate next semester as a double major in Intercultural Peacebuilding with Anthropology and Political Science. He is receiving a Peacebuilding Certificate as well as a Certificate in International Development. 

"Who Made My Clothes?"

"Who Made My Clothes?"

“Who Made My Clothes?” A quote that has been floating around recent debates of garment factories, otherwise known as “sweatshops” and their contribution to the sufferings of people in third world countries. What does it mean to you?

What is Arbinger?

Are you familiar with the in's and out's of Arbinger here on our Brigham Young University- Hawai'i campus? Here is all you need to know about what this amazing program has to offer and how to get involved. 

Everyone is Ohana

Everyone is Ohana

Students taking initiative in looking how the homeless in our community are our ohana.