Last week was the national holiday in New Zealand known as Waitangi day. This day on February 6th in 1840 was the day that representatives from The Crown, or England, and roughly 45 Māori members signed a treaty that was meant to create rules around harmonious relations between the two groups in the country of New Zealand. However, this is controversial and has led to much heartache and conflict for the Māori people indigenous to the land. We had the chance to sit down with Devon Atawhai Beatson, a Maori from New Zealand studying Intercultural Peacebuilding at BYU-Hawai’i, to learn about the treaty and what it has meant for her as she grew up as a Māori in New Zealand.
How does Intercultural Peacebuilding keep you awake and alive to the world around you? A few of our IPB 480 students created this video about The David O. McKay Center's Assistant director, Shemaina Maeve, and about where her passion lies in Peacebuilding. Watch below as she explains her love of working and learning within the realm of gender based violence and gender empowerment. Shemaina is also teaching Women's Empowerment Self Defense in the community. For more information on that, reach out to her and view this link: https://www.esdglobalselfdefense.org
David Pulsipher is a historian and guest professor at BYU-Hawaii for the Winter Semester teaching courses “The History of Non-Violence” and “Latter Day Saint Theology and Non-Violence” in the Intercultural Peacebuilding Program.These are totally new subjects! We decided that we would sit down with him and get to know him a bit better as we welcome him into the Center. Read on to learn about his background, how he got interested in the intersections of Latter Day Saint Theology and Peace, and what the difference between Peace and Non-violence is.
“Giving Week” was a success!
Read this article written by the Ke Alaka’i last week about Bryce Coleman’s NGO “Everyone is Ohana” and what he thinks we can do to help serve our houseless community better.
As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, we would like to take a moment to offer an alternative paradigm. We often gather with family, feast on delicious food, and express gratitude for the many things that we are thankful for. However, do we ever take the time to stop and think about the stories we tell during this time of year? Do those stories make spaces for all voices and experiences to be valued and honored?
Have you heard about Ho’ola Na Pua? Read about what the McKay Center did a couple of weeks ago with this local organization that brings awareness about child sex trafficking in the islands! Interested in being involved with this effort? You’ll find ways to be involved and a step by step guide of how to do it!
Shemaina Maeve is a returning BYUH Alum, back in the McKay Center as a Professor! She currently teaches IPB121 and will be introducing a new course “Gender and Peacebuilding” in the Spring semester. Read about her amazing accomplishments, the things she is passionate about, and some advice she has for current students at BYUH.
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 email@example.com.
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!
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.
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.