The District 5080 Peace Committee has created the District 5080 Peace Academy to standardize and structure the Peace and Peacebuilding related educational efforts within the District under one organizational umbrella. The District Peace Academy has leveraged the talents of many Rotarians to create several curricula to help Rotarians District-wide gain a better understanding of Peacebuilding as part of the DNA of Rotary.
There are three major functions of the Peace Academy.
- Peacebuilding Conferences
- District 5080 Leadership Development
- Peace Academy Speakers Bureau
The committee designed an arc of 5 positive peace conferences to engage Rotarians in the conversations of peacebuilding activity in their clubs, in our District and beyond.
The Peacebuilding Conferences consist of the following events:
Peacebuilding Conference: Today for Tomorrow
6 June 2021, Virtual via ZOOM
Keynote Speakers: Patricia Shafer, NewGen Peacebuilders
Al Jubitz, Rotary Action Group for Peace
Peacebuilders in Action: Creating Healthy Conversations
16 October 2021, Virtual via ZOOM
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Peter Coleman, Columbia University
Paul Chappell, Peace Literacy Institute
Peacebuilders in Action: Raising the Pillars of Positive Peace
12 May 2022, Colville, Washington and Virtual via ZOOM
Keynote Speakers: TBD
Peacebuilders in Action: Working Together for Positive Peace
18 May 2023, Tri-Cities, Washington
Peacebuilders in Action: Building A Place for Positive Peace
2 May 2024, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
District 5080 Leadership Development focuses on several areas of knowledge, understanding and application to support leadership sponsorship of the principles of Positive Peace and Peacebuilding as an integral element of the DNA of Rotary. The topics covered in this education include:
- Understanding the DNA of Peace in Rotary,
- Facilitating Healthy Conversations Within and Among Clubs and Rotarians,
- Differentiating the Rotary Focus of Peace & Conflict Resolution with the IEP Framework of Positive Peace,
- Using the Framework of the 8 Pillars of Positive Peace to Enrich Rotary Humanitarian Projects.
The Peace Academy Speakers Bureau also offers programs to clubs in support of the club member’s desire to gain an understanding of Peacebuilding and to learn how to participate in this critical Rotary International principle. There are several standard educational programs that are designed to be part of a Club’s regular meeting. These programs include:
- The History of Peacebuilding and Rotary
- Peacebuilders: People of Action
- Peaceful Conversation Tactics for Every Club
Individual Rotarians, Clubs, or District Leaders that are interested in requesting assistance from the District 5080 Peace Academy can contact the Academy Coordinator, Nadine Parker at email@example.com