The heart of the McKay Center is the hearts of its students. The Center wouldn’t be what it is today without the hard work and dedication of so many passionate students. While some students pursue Peacebuilding as their major or secondary emphasis, others seek a Peacebuilding certificate or simply take an elective course. These students have poured in from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, offering unique perspectives and contributing their exceptional talents and insights- all helping to shape and create a center of intercultural connection and understanding.
Since the Center’s beginnings, student Field Directors have worked hand in hand with the program’s Director and professors to run the Center’s programs and affairs. With the help of other dedicated Peacebuilding students, these Field Directors have been able to influence the Center, the school, and the community.
Ho Lam Leung served as the Community Service Field Director in 2016 and was able to build connections and relationships with the local community, creating opportunities for students to engage in meaningful service work. Ho Lam’s advice to other Peacebuilding students is to “be anxious to look for opportunities- do not just stick your head in a textbook. Be creative in relating your passion to your vocation, and build connections with as many people as you can. You never know what those relationships could bring you!”
Taylor Holman worked as the Communications Field Director in 2016 and truly left her mark on the David O. McKay Center by using her artistic talents and creative skills to design the Center’s beautiful logo and website. She is now working as a graphic artist for a children’s clothing company that works to empower mothers, and uses what she learned from the McKay Center on a daily basis.
Rebecca Vigoren was the 2016 Arbinger Field Director, and was able to share her love and passion for Arbinger with countless individuals, helping so many people achieve greater peace in their relationships and their lives through Arbinger's trainings and workshops. One of the greatest things Becca learned from the Peacebuilding program is "that people matter. I learned the importance of true authentic connection to people. Humanity is so beautiful and to be able to recognize that and connect with individuals in a meaningful way has changed my life." She is currently working at a non-profit organization in Washington DC called ONE, working to end extreme poverty through grass roots advocacy.
MAHALO to the McKay Center's dedicated students and field directors who have found heartfelt ways to build peace in both grand and simple ways, fulfilling David O. McKay’s prophecy and making our community and world a better place.
2016 FIELD DIRECTORS (from left to right)
Taylor Holman - Communications
Rebecca Vigoren - Arbinger Facilitation
Sophia Hutchison - Assistant Director
Maclaine Day - Mediation
HoLam Leung- Community Service