Peacebuilding at the mckay center

The David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding focuses on three areas in which students, alumni, faculty, and the community can get involved.


How to change mindset.

Arbinger is a unique program offered at the McKay Center. Arbinger is a team of trained students and staff 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 work together to think through a series of different scenarios in their personal, family and work environments. The goal of Arbinger is to change mindsets to establish peace. 

For more information or to set up an Arbinger workshop, contact Gabriela Corbett at




The path to reconciliation.

At the McKay Center, trained student mediators are given the opportunity to work on campus by conducting peer mediations. Mediation is a form of conflict transformation that BYUH students use to try to reconcile parties while resolving conflict. Reconciliation is a process that not only works through existing disputes, but also seeks to set relationships that are in need of repair right. The process requires honesty, humility, accountability, and mercy, from both sides of the conflict. Mediators help parties envision a stronger and deeper relationship for the future.

For more information or to schedule a mediation, contact Reka Bordas-Simons at




Where experience happens.

Our mission in the community is to engage our students in building relationships within our local community of Oahu. We seek to build relationships through sustainable service opportunities for both our students and locals. We work with local people and organizations to find the needs of those we serve and how to best help them. Our experience ranges from beach clean ups to helping elementary schools get air-conditioning to helping with rescued farm animals. The goal is to provide meaningful service opportunities that both impact the giver and the receiver. 

For more information or to get involved with upcoming community projects, contact Viliame Talanoa at