Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2012 in Harrisonburg, VA

There’s still time to apply to the 2012 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI). Come take from one to four courses in development, humanitarian assistance, monitoring & evaluation, restorative justice, social movements, community organizing, trauma awareness, mediation, and many more. Click here for a full list of courses and instructors.

SPI is intended for people active in peacebuilding and related fields or just interested in increasing their skills at handling conflict. We offer three seven-day sessions and one five-day session over six weeks in May and June that can be taken for professional skills training or master’s-level academic credit. Full Information on SPI 2012, including course offerings, dates, estimated costs and an online application, can be found at our website:


New this year at SPI: peacebuilding tracks. Each track contains three to four courses that run consecutively and build on one concentration area in the field of peacebuilding. Take one course in the track to learn a specific topic or take all three to greatly enhance your skills in that area. Tracks offered:

Social movements: Network and use social media to organize community through global level positive change.

Development: Learn to monitor and evaluate projects. Discuss best practice for sustainability after a crisis. Examine the intersection between humanitarian action and development.

Restorative Justice: Do you work with victims and offenders? Learn how to respond to crime in ways that help all involved, whether civil or criminal violations.

Trauma Awareness: Gain skills in analyzing trauma and breaking the cycle of violence that causes and grows out of trauma.

Organizations: Learn to be a better leader for your organization and/or to build its capacity.


Each May and June, SPI brings together instructors and participants from over 40 countries for learning, restoration, and networking. Together, we explore issues of local and global concern through classroom interaction, luncheon presentations, weekend seminars, special interest groups, and community celebrations. Outside the classroom, informal sharing creates trust, bonds of hope, and new ideas and energy for our work and contexts.

Applications for all courses are accepted on a rolling basis until courses are full. SPI keeps a waitlist for each course when the course is full.

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute is a program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Please email our office ( if you have any questions or require assistance.

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