Message from the Director/Peace Studies Core Mission
Message from the Director of Peace Studies
In 1945, one of the world’s most catastrophic events, World War II, pushed world leaders to establish the United Nations to promote peaceful relations among and within countries. But even with the United Nations, the promotion and sustenance of peace the world over is largely dependent on societal institutions, one of which is education. This year, 2021, the University of Missouri’s Peace Studies Program celebrates its 50th anniversary. While this anniversary is a major milestone, it also highlights continued need and drive for peace in the world. With developments such as the nuclear race, racial supremacy, and political violence that constantly threatens international peace and security that facilitates democracy, human dignity, equality, health of the planet and justice for all, Peace Studies is all the more significant today.
As the Director of Peace Studies, my goal is to ensure that the program facilitates discussions and actions that can stimulate peace in the United States and the world. Resolving conflict, protecting human dignity, eliminating social inequality and racial injustice, and promoting a healthy planet for all are critical issues that the program will tackle. At the same time, I recognize that our stakeholders and community are critical to the success of Peace Studies, and I am committed to continuing and establishing strong relationships with them, relationships that will promote public-facing programs and student education. Peace Studies will continue to successfully attract students at the University of Missouri, who understand that the program is a critical part of an interdisciplinary education that is important to the promotion of peace in the United States and world. Peace Studies is offered as an emphasis area in the BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, allowing students to examine global peace and social justice issues while preparing them for employment, volunteer assignments, and graduate study in critical areas such as conflict resolution, human rights, humanitarian assistance, sustainable development, social justice, nonviolent social change, and the understanding of global cultural diversity.
Thank you for your support, and it is my honor to work with our stakeholders and community to continue Peace Studies at Mizzou as a highly successful program that stimulates positive change.
University of Missouri