Leadership for Justice & Peace
Undergraduate Fellows in Leadership for Justice and Peace develop peer support and peer challenge relationships with other undergraduate fellows and network with faculty, staff, and alumni leaders for justice and peace, as well as leaders from the community, the region, and the nation in the areas of justice and peace.
What will I do as an Undergraduate Fellow in Leadership for Justice and Peace?
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Assistant Director of Academic Advising, Director of Momentum
"I am an historian whose teaching, research, and scholarship focuses on American political history with an emphasis on the impact of the historic peace churches on presidential elections and administrations. My work also includes U. S. diplomatic policy and international relations regarding peace and religious conscientious objection to war and violence. In 1987 I was awarded a Peace Prize by the Fellowship of Reconciliation. I have taught courses on American History, American Studies, Political Science, and Religious Studies. For many years I taught a first year seminar about America in the 1960s with an emphasis on peace and social justice for the Department of History. I have also taught the course “The American Presidency: Power and Character” with a focus on social justice and peacemaking. I have taught a course called “Citizenship and Conscience” for the Religious Studies Department. I currently teach a first year seminar on American history and culture with a social justice focus called “Discovery: America Now.” In 2000 I gave a presentation at the University of London entitled “Citizenship and Conscience: The Separation of Church and State with Regard to Military Conscription and Conscientious Objection in United States History, 1776-1976 at the Sixty-ninth Anglo-American Conference of Historians “War and Peace,” Institute of Historical Research School of Advance Study. In my work with teaching and advising students and directing the Momentum program there is a clear commitment to the mission and values of Elizabethtown College consistent with its heritage of nonviolence, peace, and social justice."
Associate Professor of Business
"Growing up in Romania, I saw firsthand the destruction that the communist regime did to the intellectual soul, the entrepreneurial spirit and the fundamental rights of the Romanian citizens. My generation fought hard to achieve an equal, just and humane society. This fight taught me that equality, justice and respecting human rights should not be taken for granted. We had to earn them.
Later on, while completing my Master’s studies at The Central European University in Budapest, I had friends from former Yugoslavia who had witnessed the horrific destruction of the ethnic war. My friends taught me that a peaceful society was something they themselves had to fight for and something I used to take for granted in my own country. Not anymore.
To me, leadership for peace, justice and respecting human rights is essential and organic, because I saw what a society is without them."
Director of Diversity
"I believe that social justice is the anchor which upholds the ideals of a moral, just, and humane society. Leadership is needed to direct us in the quest for these ideals, and peace is an optimal goal throughout the journey. The idea of justice requires action, not only for the individual, but for each entity within a highly organized social structure. In my opinion, justice simply means doing what is right, fair, and equitable for all members of a society in order to live the best life possible as determined by them."
Assistant Director of Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships
"I am the Assistant Director of Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships. I have also worked with the Called to Lead program. Before my time at Elizabethtown College I worked in community organizing in Central Illinois, and my academic background is in social ethics. I am excited to work with students who are interested in getting involved in leading for justice and peace both on-campus and in the wider community. Some of the most effective leaders in justice and peace-making have come directly from college campuses, and it is exciting that Elizabethtown College is a place where you can get engaged in this kind of leadership today."
Visiting Assistant Professor
"I am a visiting assistant professor in the Women and Gender Studies department. Both in the courses I teach and outside of the classroom, I am passionate about pursuing social justice. In particular, I am concerned with issues of equality pertaining to gender, sex, and sexuality. I also am passionate about interfaith dialogue and peace building."
Global Peacemaking Scholar-in-Residence
"I have more than twenty five years of learning from my mistakes in more than 30 countries in Asia and Africa, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. I am inspired by courage and grace in the midst of conflict and have been privileged to work with some real heroes and heroines of peace. Key lines of inquiry in my peacebuilding work at this moment are; 1) the role of imagination in nonviolent approaches to conflict transformation; 2) interconnection between individuals and the environment; 3) subtle energies and mystery in the change process; 4) detachment, observation and non-judgment in creating dialogue space."
Assistant Professor of Sociology
"I am a criminologist with research interests on the relationship between parole and post-release supervision and the reentry process of former prisoners. I also study various facets of the field of criminology. My concern with justice and peace is that without true articulations of and attempts at achieving justice, we will never truly meet the ideals of the American Dream, reduce crime, or achieve peace. While my research and teaching often seems disconnected, every aspect of my academic career in some way seeks to question what is "known" in an attempt to truly understand our world and bring about societal change."
"I am the Assistant Chaplain at Elizabethtown College and I am interested in justice and peace leaders because of the pockets of peace and justice I have found in surprising places. I am drawn to the complexity and simplicity needed to achieve both, mirroring many events in the human experience. My believing life is a gift drives me to seek ways to empower, sustain and seek reconciliation alongside those who have suffered unrest, injustice, pain or suffering."
Director of International Student Services
"My personal and professional worldviews have been shaped by cross-cultural explorations, language learning, sojourns around the world, and the conviction that ‘travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness’ (Mark Twain). It is through international education that I have become an International Educator. International Educators are leaders who are passionate about justice and peace and believe these can be achieved through international education, global mobility, international public policy advocacy and comprehensive internationalization. International education has the power to transform lives, bring about peace and reconciliation, and contribute to a more just world."
Associate Professor of English
“I am most concerned with issues of justice that relate to environmental matters, especially the conservation of the Earth's resources and the preservation of non-human entities (e.g., air and water quality, wilderness, and animals and plants). I support organizations like Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defence Council that fight to eliminate such things as the dumping of toxins into the air, land, and water---toxins which effect the welfare of elements upon which all life-forms depend. I also support groups, like the Center for Biological Diversity, which educate on and lobby about human population control and the effect that human overpopulation has upon other life-forms' habitats and existence. I am a founding member of the Elizabethtown College Environmental Group (ECEG) and strive to educate and support students about environmental concerns.”
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