Human Rights and Peacebuilding
Intractable conflicts are found in many parts of our contemporary world, and communities across the globe are hungry for more peaceful and constructive solutions to economic, social, and political challenges. CAPA is committed to building partnerships with organizations and institutions that uphold human rights and peace-building, while teaching students the necessary capacities to be effective global citizens. Through learning negotiation and mediation skills that are important to individuals, groups, leaders, and managers, students can strengthen their abilities to navigate their own relationships and enter the world with confidence and the capacity to collaborate. The United Nations created the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and the challenge ever since has been its implementation in each nation state. Whether it is working with translators on the front line of conflict, supporting the human rights of refugees in crisis, or bringing leaders from conflict zones together to solve environmental challenges, this initiative is dedicated to de-escalating destructive conflicts, building sustainable structures through collaborative agreements, and supporting the health, safety, respect, and dignity for communities around the world as well as in the United States. The Human Rights and Peacebuilding initiative includes a conflict resolution curriculum, a future think tank in Fall 2017 planning a curriculum on peacebuilding, a joint course on international human rights with the RFK Training Institute, participation in the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education, and is in the planning stages for a masters program in environmental conflict resolution with The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.