Emory 21 Days of Peace


Peace Day LogoIn 1981, the United Nations established September 21 as the International Day of Peace, with the goal of “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among nations and peoples.”

Emory Institute for Developing Nations (IDN), in partnership with Emory Campus Life, in collaboration with The Carter Center Human Rights Program and the United States Institute of Peace—was inspired to expand on the one-day campaign by developing a campaign titled “Emory 21 Days of Peace.” In the hopes of affirming peace as an alternative to the seemingly ubiquitous violence around the world, the goal of Emory 21 Days of Peace is to educate, inspire, and empower students with tangible skills to work for peace both in their local and global communities. The programs are open to the Emory community and work towards highlighting positive peace initiatives locally & abroad. 

Welcoming Day of Service
Saturday, Sept 7, 2019 – 11:00am-4:30pm

Volunteer Emory invites students to Welcoming Day of Service, an annual Emory tradition that brings more than 500 students off-campus to work with a variety of service organizations ranging from food banks to animal shelters. You can connect with fellow classmates; learn about a variety of Atlanta communities; and directly engage in service and social justice work.
Location: Emory Quadrangle (Quad). For information visit https://www.volunteeremory.org/days-of-service

38th Annual Carter Town Hall
Wednesday, September 18, 2019- 8:00-9:00 pm

Emory Campus Life invites the Emory community to welcome President Jimmy Carter for the thirty-seventh-annual Carter Town Hall. President Carter, University Distinguished Professor at Emory since 1982 and co-founder of the IDN, will address the Emory community and answer questions submitted by students. This event is geared to first-year students and is open to the Emory Community.
Location: Woodruff P.E. Center. This is a ticketed event. For more information please view The Emory Calendar of Events.

A Conversation with Ambassador Bisa Williams and Emory Student Peace Builders
Friday, Sept 20, 2019 – Noon-2pm, Lunch will be provided 

Former Ambassador Bisa Williams is The Carter Center’s Special Advisor for Mali and Team Leader of The Carter Center’s Mission as Independent Observer of the Implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, emanating from the Algiers Process, a first-of-its-kind model for post-conflict accountability in Africa. In 2016, Ambassador Bisa Williams co-founded Williams Strategy Advisors, LLC, a problem-solving consulting firm specializing in accelerating the realization of major infrastructure projects. Before forming WSA, Ambassador Williams was a career member of the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State and held a number of senior positions including Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2013-2015), U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Niger (2010-2013), acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2010), and Coordinator for Cuban Affairs (2007-2010), leading the first official U.S. delegation to Cuba for direct talks after a hiatus of seven years. She also served at The White House as National Security Council Director for International Organizations (2005-2007). Throughout her Foreign Service career, Ambassador Williams distinguished herself as a leader, committed to problem-solving, forging strong relationships with international partners, and to mentoring new officers. Ambassador Williams holds Master degrees from the National War College of the National Defense University in Washington, DC and the University of California, Los Angeles, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Yale. She speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Location: Student Center N104
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Advocacy and Civic Engagement Training Workshop
Date: TBD

Emory 21 Days of Peace in partnership with the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, The Barkley Forum, and The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum presents an advocacy and civic engagement training workshop. This workshop will provide students the skills and tools to identifying and analyze problems; explore how to change power dynamics; apply the basics of communication and persuasion for advocacy; determine how and where to engage in policy change for social justice; apply research, planning, and organizing strategies to engage and empower citizens and grassroots groups; and apply different influence and engagement strategies and activities used in advocacy.
Location: TBD

Organizing for Social Change Workshop
Date: TBD

Emory 21 Days of Peace presents a day long training on organizing for social change by partnering with Midwest Academy, a national training institute committed to advancing the struggle for social, economic, and racial justice, enabling ordinary people to actively participate in the democratic process. The training provides concrete skills as well as a framework for thinking about how to do effective progressive organizing. The tools taught are compatible with a wide variety of organizing models, and provide a framework for critical and constructive thinking about how to achieve the goals of your particular organization, constituency, issue mix, and social and political context locally and globally. Open to Emory University students. Students must commit to attending the entire training from 10 am-5:00 pm. This training is free and lunch is provided.
For more info email IDN@emory.edu

Writing to Change the World Workshop
Friday, November 15, 2019 – 10:00am-5:00pm

As part of the tangible skills for peacebuilding, Emory students will have the opportunity to participate in a day-long “Write To Change The World" seminar which is designed to test assumptions about our individual knowledge, and what it takes to be influential on a large scale. Participants will explore the source of credibility; the patterns and elements of persuasion; the difference between being “right” and being effective; how to preach beyond the choir; and how to think bigger about knowledge—to have more impact in the world. Participants emerge with concrete results, including the outline for an OpEd. Emory 21 Days of Peace is presenting this workshop by partnering with The OpEd Project, an organization which has an excellent track record of partnering with universities across the US, to help them channel their best ideas to media gatekeepers, and disseminate these ideas to the broadest audiences. Participants will also have ongoing access to The OpEd Project national network of high-level Mentor-Editors, for individual feedback on their work. Participants must commit to attending the entire training from 10am-5pm. Once accepted, the training is free and lunch is provided. Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 25.
For more info email IDN@emory.edu

Please tell us what you are doing to support peace and post it to social media
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What we mean by peace and why

Peace involves more than the absence of tension and violence. Positive peace involves social justice.

Moving from violence to peace involves working to end violence and intentionally laying the groundwork for sustainable, just peace. This requires individual, community, and state action to address multiple, integrated issues locally and globally.

Principles of peace building–being inclusive, treating all parties with dignity, engaged listening and dialogue—apply locally and globally.

Violence has become normalized in our global culture in our homes and communities, through entertainment and media, and in the ways that power and inequality are articulated locally and globally. It is a threat to the well-being of all and the future of our planet.

Violence occurs in many forms, including but not limited to physical violence.

Violence at the local level is directly linked to violence in other parts of the world. For example, anti-immigrant violence in the US is linked to violence in Central America and the Middle East through US policies in the regions and people fleeing violence.

Building peace within communities is key to sustainable, just peace. The Carter Center’s peacebuilding efforts, for example, increasingly focus on support for civil society organizations in conflict areas. Similarly, efforts to address diversity, inclusion, and violence on campuses involve focused listening, dialogue, and engagement within college communities.

Through a social media campaign linked to the United States Institute for Peace’s #PeaceDayChallenge as well as Emory’s #Emory21DaysofPeace and The Carter Center, we will share information about peace building in addition to highlighting what individuals and organizations at Emory are doing to build peace locally and globally.

Emory’s 21 Days of Peace will critically engage connections between building peace on a local level—such as Black Lives Matter, anti-immigrant movements, domestic violence, growing socioeconomic inequality—and building peace globally—such as conflict mediation, mass migration, human trafficking, and countering violent extremism.

21 Days of Peace Social Media

Through a social media campaign linked to the U.S. Institute for Peace’s #PeaceDayChallenge and Emory’s #Emory21DaysofPeace and The Carter Center, we will share information about peacebuilding as well as highlight what individuals and organizations at Emory are doing to build peace locally and globally

  • Post daily on Tweeter or Facebook using #Emory21DaysofPeace and #PeaceDayChallenge
  • Let us know about students, faculty, staff, and campus organizations who are working to advance peace at Emory, in the community, and beyond
  • Join us on Wonderful Wednesday at Emory’s 21 Days of Peace photo booth, answer a peace question, take a picture, and post it on twitter and facebook using #Emory21DaysofPeace and #PeaceDayChallenge
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