100 years of Quiet Diplomacy, Nonviolent Resistance, and Peacebuilding
Participants will learn from leaders of the AFSC community about specific moments, campaigns, and achievements in Quaker history centered on themes of movement building, addressing root causes of conflict, and the power of everyday people to create change.
Photo Credit: United Nations Photo. Aftermath of Attack on Abyei Town.
Over the last 100 years AFSC has worked throughout the United States on domestic issues including protection of civil and political rights, nonviolence resistance to war, and advocating for a just immigration policy. AFSC international efforts range from people-to-people exchanges with North Korea to youth engagement in Guatemala, and beyond. Whether the focus has been domestic or international, AFSC’s commitment to peace and justice has remained constant. This collection provides an in-depth look at 100 years of experience.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) partnered to create this collection of stories and perspectives from AFSC’s 100 years of experience working for peace. The collection highlights for online learners how many of the same peacebuilding skills that USIP seeks to advance, such as mediation, nonviolent resistance, and dialogue are key to AFSC’s efforts around the globe. While AFSC and USIP work in similar global contexts, the experiences and opinions shared in this collection are unique to AFSC and do not necessarily reflect those of USIP.
Jessica founded Jessica Berns Consulting in 2011. She creates strategies, designs programs, develops partnerships, and builds communication platforms motivated by a vision of a safer, more just, and more equal world. She brings two decades of experience across four continents to her work. Jessica’s clients include philanthropists, NGOs, and university-based programs. Follow Jessica on twitter at: @jessicabberns
An executive and strategist with two decades of experience leading organizations specializing in governance and policy development in conflict zones and post conflict states, disaster relief/recovery and peacebuilding. She has 10 years of executive leadership on security, conflict response/prevention, social change strategies, advocacy and rights based policy. She has worked in 45+ countries including conflict affected countries leading organizations and teams in high risk environments. Kerri is the Associate General Secretary at AFSC. She is on the board of Represent and the Alliance for Peacebuilding. She has an M.S. in international development and is the co-director of Truman PA.
Leah is a Program Manager for the United States Institute of Peace Global Campus. For almost the past 4 years Leah has been involved in the evolution of the Global Campus performing various duties such as curriculum design, video and radio production, marketing, and event planning. Leah received a MA in International Education from the George Washington University in 2012. She resides in Washington, D.C.
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This course will launch in the near future, with scheduled activities, self-paced activities and additional learning resources to explore at your own pace.