NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs (CGA) to Host “Building Better Peacebuilders: Students and Practitioners Show the Way”

Event to Serve as a Forum for Discussion as Well as the Introduction of the Center’s New Initiative for Peacebuilding Through Education (IPE)


NEW YORK, September 22, 2016 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Center for Global Affairs (CGA) will host “Building Better Peacebuilders: Students and Practitioners Show the Way,” a forum that will focus on the important ways in which students and organizations can work to bring peace to unstable regions around the world.

The event, which will take place on Friday, September 23, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay St, Room 430, in downtown Manhattan, also will serve as the public introduction of the CGA’s new Initiative for Peacebuilding Through Education (IPE).

One of the major challenges to contemporary peacebuilding is a shortage of individuals who are skilled in the nuanced set of approaches needed for peacebuilding. IPE aims to address this gap by expanding the networks of professionals, activists, and youth who can design and implement effective peacebuilding policies and programs.

The evening’s first panel will feature CGA students enrolled in the MS in Global Affairs, who have just returned from Jordan, Myanmar, Liberia, Timor-Leste, Japan, and South Korea. They will reflect upon their experiences and lessons learned in the field.

The second panel will consist of seasoned practitioners, who will discuss how a wide range of actors at governmental, inter-state, and community levels can learn to become effective peacebuilders in their communities. Panelists will include Elisabeth King, associate professor of international education, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Alexander Munoz (’13), country director, Iraq, NYUSPS CGA Initiative for Peacebuilding through Education; Ana Patel, executive director, Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding; and Graeme Simpson, director, Interpeace USA. Each will discuss his/her perspective on the role education has played in their work and how they believe the next generation of practitioners should be prepared for the challenges they will face.

Those who are interested in attending this free event can register here. If you are a member of the media and would like to attend, please contact Cheryl Feliciano at cheryl.feliciano@nyu.edu or Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

About the NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs

The NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs (CGA) facilitates change by educating and inspiring our community members to become global citizens who are capable of identifying and implementing solutions to pressing global challenges. We believe that the development of solutions to global problems must be informed by an understanding that the world’s challenges are not merely challenges for and among states, but also challenges for and among non-state actors, urban and rural communities, regional organizations, and traditional diplomatic outlets.

Through rigorous graduate and continuing education programs and public events, we prepare global citizens who are at home in all of these environments—and thus, who are effective agents of change.

For more information, visit: sps.nyu.edu/cga.


About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Applied Politics; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 38,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.