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.
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.