In the Media


Living Peace Series Brings Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Leymah Gbowee, shared her experience as a peace activist to a sold-out Pacific Ballroom as part of the “Living Peace Speaker Series” hosted by the Center for Living Peace in partnership with UC Irvine. The Center for Citizen Peacebuilding also co-hosted the event and presented Gbowee with the Citizen Peacebuilding Award for fostering and creating dialogue about peace.

Event highlights in New University article: Menendez, Sarah S. "Living Peace Series Brings Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee.", New University, November 4, 2014,


2014 Peace Week hosts Keynote Speaker James Doty

The keynote event featured James Doty, a Stanford University professor and neurosurgeon. An audience of over 100 attended Doty’s talk titled, “Creating a Culture of Compassion.”

Event highlights in New University article: Santos, Rommel. "Initiative Promotes Peace.", New University, February 4, 2014,


Soka University and other partners host a community forum: Ending Violent Extremism

Event highlights in OC Register article: Davidson, Michael P. "Fighting Extremism Here at Home.", The Orange County Register, November 18, 2013,


September 11, 2013 Meeting with UCI Chancellor Michael V. Drake


"Peace-ing It Together": 2013 Microsoft Youthspark Challenge for Challenge Winner: Christina Ong

(July 1, 2013)

"My challenge for change in our global community is the creation and implementation of peace education around the world. Conflict is everywhere around us. From our personal lives, to our international communities, I aim for the implementation of global approaches to peace that can empower our youth to use those methods in their everyday lives."

Project Proposal Video Entry: Peace Curriculum at UC Irvine


SGP Founders Blanca Castro & Elizabeth Koppe Awarded 2013 Dalai Lama Fellowship

(May 3, 2013)

Blanca Castro

Project Description

In order to promote widespread access at UCI and beyond to these available resources for resolving conflicts peacefully, we will lead the SGP club to organize Peace Week and the culminating event, a peace summit entitled Peace in Action Summit (PAS). This will launch the first annual Peace Week, Peace in Action Summit at UCI, and the resulting website with highlights summarized in text, video and audio clips, and a moderated blog.These events and the website and moderated blog will be a sustainable effort for the ongoing education and involvement of UCI students, faculty and staff, and our local community in peacebuilding.

Elizabeth Koppe

Project Description

The club, Students for Global Peacebuilding, plans to facilitate Peace Week and the Peace in Action Summit. We will educate the campus on conflict resolution methods and inspire others to engage in peacebuilding activities. We will host campus-wide activities, invite guest speakers, hold movie screenings and facilitate discussions throughout the week. During the main event, the Peace in Action Summit, students will be able to attend panels, guest speakers, and workshops intended to provide conflict resolution skills applicable to daily life. In an effort to strengthen our campus community, we will collaborate with other campus clubs and organizations to participate in the creation of these events.

My Leadership Vision

As a member of a community committed to ethical action in an interconnected world, I envision a global beloved community: one that begins in the home and extends into the schools, businesses, facilities, and the infrastructure of individual nations. It will allow a space for people to reach their potentials and interact with each other on a foundation of mutual respect. It will be a community where each of us takes ownership over our actions and words, and works toward resolving conflict in a nonviolent manner, where there is an understanding that lessons can be learned from us all and cultural diversity is viewed as part of what makes the human experience worthwhile.

Video: Dalai Lama Fellows - Spotlight

Project Proposal Video: Peace Week and Peace in Action Summit



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