Students for Global Peacebuilding
A student-led initiative in the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, SGP's goal is to build a more compassionate and understanding community on and off-campus. Through an annual Peace and Justice Week event, their aim is to expand knowledge about non violent practices, peacebuilding, and climate action in diverse contexts. See our SGP program poster. Click here to learn more about joining Students for Global Peacebuilding.
South Caucasus Peacebuilding
For over two decades, the Center has partnered with citizen peacebuilders in the South Caucasus war zones. We support their efforts to prevent and end violence. For an independent assessment of our South Caucasus programs, please see -- Analysis of 30+ Years of Working with Conflict in the Georgian-Abkhaz-South Ossetian Contexts (Indie Peace).
Gang Intervention Training Program
For several years, the Center offered gang intervention training in co-sponsorship with the Orange County Department of Education. The curriculum involved training in mediation and negotiation. In conjunction with the training, the Center developed a step-by-step guide with accompanying videos of mediation role plays of gang intervention scenarios. Click here to download a pdf copy of the entire Gang Intervention Mediation Specialist Manual.
Olive Tree Initiative
BEYOND SOUND-BITES AND STEREOTYPES
Incubated in the Center, the Olive Tree Initiative grew from a student initiative in 2007 to become an academic program which spread across several UC campuses. See our OTI program poster. To learn more, click here.
The Malawi Project
A documentary film that captured the history of this poor African country’s non-violent transition to a democratic political system, used to educate international audiences on conflict resolution.
'Cirque du O.C.' Youth Circus
AN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM UTILIZING CIRCUS ARTS TRAINING TO BUILD SELF-ESTEEM, PROBLEM-SOLVING & TEAM-BUILDING SKILLS AND RECONCILIATION
In partnership with Scarlet Sisters Circus, Girls Inc., and the WAVE Trauma Center, we brought children from Belfast, Northern Ireland to stay with host families in Orange County. Together, they learned circus skills to encourage cooperation and healing in children who were witnesses to violence. Click here for more details.
Peace Wants You
A PEACEBUILDING FESTIVAL OF DIALOGUE, MUSIC, ART AND FOOD
Inspired by author and news correspondent Jonathan Schell as a means of "framing a new direction" to protest the way the U.S. administration was leading the country, the festival aimed at encouraging a civil movement not divested from the political arena, but which would inform it. To learn more about this "Thinking Demonstration," see our program poster.
A DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY & WRITING PROJECT THAT FOCUSES ON COLLABORATION, DIVERSITY, PEACE, AND UNDERSTANDING
In collaboration with the UCI Claire Trevor School of Arts "ArtsBridge" Program and Seeds of Hope, students in Northern Ireland, Wisconsin, and Santa Ana, California, used photography to begin dialogues in strife-torn communities. See our Picturing Peace program poster. Click here for more about the program.