Grad School Forum

Intercultural Peacebuilding isn't a typical or conventional undergraduate degree. The path after graduation isn't straightforward or clear cut, and deciding what to do next can be overwhelming. The McKay Center provides a Grad School Forum each semester in order to help students recognize the opportunities they have for furthering their educations after graduating from BYU-Hawaii. There are many universities both nationally and internationally that offer various graduate programs in peace studies and conflict resolution, as well as other fields of study that compliment a peacebuilding undergraduate degree. At the grad school forum, students are able to weigh their options, ask questions, and learn about what makes a good application. It is important for students to start planning for the future as they near the end of their undergrad, and the grad school forum helps them consider determine what their next steps should be. The possibilities are endless!

Do I really see people as people?

Do I really see people as people?

Arbinger is a unique program offered at the McKay Center. We have a team of trained students that serve the community of Laie by facilitating workshops and activities to help foster healthier relationships in participant’s lives. Our facilitators encourage the participants to think through a series of different scenarios in their personal and work environments. The goal of Arbinger is to change mindsets to establish peace.

Read about one participant's experiences and takeaways from an Arbinger workshop.

"Something is Better Than Nothing"

"Something is Better Than Nothing"

Sophia Hutchison, a senior in the BYUH Peacebuilding program, has spent a lot of time volunteering in Haiti over the past five years. Read about the work she's done, the experiences she's had, the lessons she's learned, and how "doing something is always better than doing nothing."

Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Katie Bak, a Senior in the BYUH Peacebuilding program, has developed art therapy workshops for the community in hopes of helping people achieve greater peace and healing through the arts. Read about her philosophy and her recent poetry workshop.

Serving at the Kahuku Food Bank

Serving at the Kahuku Food Bank

Students and community members have the opportunity to volunteer at the Kahuku Food Bank on the fourth Monday of every month. This is a a great way to give back to the local community.

Learning about the ANASAZI Foundation

Learning about the ANASAZI Foundation

Students had the opportunity to meet with Nate Mitchell, the executive director of the ANASAZI Foundation, to learn about internship and job opportunities with this unique wilderness therapy program.

Peacebuilding in the Pacific

Peacebuilding in the Pacific

The McKay Center has developed a new internship program teaching peer mediation and conflict resolution to the students of LDS Pacific Church Scools. Four students pioneered the program this summer in Fiji and Kiribati. Read about their experiences and how President David O. McKay's prophecy is being fulfilled.

Promoting Peace in a World Divided

Promoting Peace in a World Divided

Rice Love -a local organization that sells unique, handmade products which help feed families in need- shared some ideas about how we can promote peace in our daily lives.

From BYUH to UNHCR

From BYUH to UNHCR

Read about James Byun, a BYUH alumnus, and the work he is doing in the peacebuilding field with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan. 

Peace in the Home

Peace in the Home

One Peacebuilding student did a write up about "Peace in the Home," a workshop that teaches dating, engaged, and married couples how to strengthen their familial relationships and build peace in their homes through conflict resolution.

Peacebuilders in Israel

Peacebuilders in Israel

Two of our Peacebuilding students had the opportunity to join Professor Chad Ford on his most recent trip to the Middle East. Read about their incredible experience visiting Israel!