The Peacebuilding program has amazing students doing amazing things. Take Tsing Nam Chan for instance. While attending Brigham Young University- Hawaii he goes by Adrian and is a senior in the Peacebuilding program finishing up his school career with a capstone project that will benefit those in his home country of Hong Kong.
BYU-Hawaii Intercultural Peacebuilding alumni Bailee Rasmussen comes back to write for the McKay Center. She shares how she has been able to bring her peacebuilding skills into her work with the Commons Project and how it has impacted her. Bailee uses social media as a platform for healthy political discussions in effort to bring more understanding among users and shares how we can join!
First semester in the IPB program student Rebekah Folkman shares her artwork and their meanings. She has created pieces that correlate with the theories and lessons she is learning in her introductory peacebuilding course. The work she does exemplifies how people can incorporate peacebuilding theories into many different passions.
Student and yoga instructor Kristan Tiritlli writes about her experience combining yoga and Arbinger theories are has learned in the IPB program. She is working on becoming an Arbinger facilitator currently and aspires to help others stretch their bodies and their minds in order to improve inner health and interpersonal relationships.
Student Alex Athans and her NGO Women of Laie hones in on the empowerment and bringing together of women in their respective community. With the help of classes geared toward allowing students to create their own NGOs, she was able to create this Instagram based project, interviewing and photographing females of all background who live in Laie, Hawaii.
It is not often that we talk about ethics in social media or peace journalism in the Intercultural Peacebuilding program, but it is an incredibly important topic! Peacebuilders, in the program and graduated, will have opportunities to travel the world whether that’s through internships while at BYU—Hawai’i with various organizations and non-profits , or entry level positions with various organizations just out of college, etc. The media that we construct and share with the world relays and promotes certain messages, often times without us even recognizing it or being aware!
Last week we held our semesterly Internship Forum hosted by David Whippy. In the forum we went over the process of obtaining a Internship in Intercultural Peacebuilding through the school, as well as how to find an internship, and what internships our past students have done. If you missed the forum, or want to know more, we wanted to provide a permanent reference on this process here! Some of our students have done incredible things on their internships including doing mediation work in the South Pacific, or working abroad with various Non-Profits in Europe! There are incredible opportunities.
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.