A Note from Our Co-Director, Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida
Welcome to new readers and welcome back to our regular visitors. The AC4
website showcases the wonderful initiatives taking place around Columbia University and with our colleagues around the globe who are working toward creating sustainable peace. On a daily basis we each have a chance to make a difference. This may seem like a daunting task if we think of grandiose actions and impact we are trying to make.
How can each of us contribute to this effort on a scale we can manage? It is about being mindful of our communication. Our relationships are made in communication and the quality of our communication affects the quality of our relationships. These relationships, in turn, make our social worlds. When we are able to create better social worlds, we are building and living sustainable peace.
What does this look like?
Words of encouragement and genuine inquiry, rather than doubt;
A smile instead of a frown;
An invitation to participate, rather than exclusion;
Genuine caring and being fully present.
If we each engage in these actions on a daily basis even once more than we typically do, we are already making a difference. One of the most rewarding feelings we can have is experiencing this effect on others and knowing we have made a difference in someone else’s life.
I hope you continue to visit our AC4
website and contribute to grow our community. There are many events and ways to engage and we welcome your participation. On October 23rd
we are co-hosting the New York premiere of Walking Merchandise, a documentary about human trafficking and on November 7th
we have our first Sustainable Peace Day full of events. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Interview with Danny Fisher, ANCoRS President
What brought you to the NECR program?
I had enrolled in a conflict resolution course during my final undergraduate semester, and it changed my life. Five years later, when I was researching graduate schools, I met a student in NECR's first graduating class. She thought the program would be great for me, and after attending a couple Capstone presentations and researching similar programs, I knew Columbia's program was the best fit for me.
What is ANCoRS all about?
ANCoRS seeks to facilitate academic and professional success for students studying peace and conflict resolution at Columbia. The various programs exist in different schools and disciplines, and ANCoRS believes those students should have access to each other. I also think that our social events remind us to enjoy our time here and support this network of students and alumni.
What are opportunities you have seized during your time at Columbia?
I have taken advantage of numerous opportunities at Columbia, but attending the spring 2012 AC4 conflict resolution internship fair had the biggest impact on me. After the fair I accepted a summer position with the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service (CRS), an agency that I did not know existed. It was a great fit for me, and I recognize that Columbia made that opportunity possible.
Also, participating in the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University meeting and finding the best fit for my mediation training were both significant opportunities associated with Columbia and NECR.
How do you see the conflict resolution theory you have learned in the classroom applied to your work/volunteer experience in the field thus far?
My work with CRS was mostly in the field, working with communities throughout New York State that were experiencing tension and violence.
I quickly realized how the theory and skills I have acquired in NECR prepared me to succeed in practice. Whether meeting with community members or government officials, I successfully navigated several ambiguous and tense situations. I understand that my presence in a community will invariably have an impact, and I have experienced how a solid theoretical foundation makes everything I do more meaningful and enables me to be more effective.
The Association of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Students (ANCoRS) represents the diverse interests of graduate students in the Masters of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NECR) program at the School of Continuing Education and all students interested in conflict resolution at Columbia University. If you are interested in joining the ANCoRS listserv or would like more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year, the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4
) funds as many as 11 Columbia University graduate students conducting interdisciplinary research in areas addressing conflict, violence, peace-building and sustainable development (such projects might include- but are not limited to- doctoral students’ dissertation research, master’s students’ thesis research, or capstone projects). This year we will fund 10 students for up to $3,000
and one team of students for up to $6,000
. Team applicants must present a truly interdisciplinary research proposal. Students may not apply to both. For application requirements and materials please check our website
The deadline for submissions is February 4th, 2013.
Fellows will be announced in March 2013.
Questions may be directed to Alessandra Radicati at email@example.com
Have You Visited AC4 Link?
is a new web-based information hub that highlights all people, centers, and programs conducting research, practice, and teaching activities related to conflict resolution, peace, violence prevention, and sustainable development related to these areas. If you are looking for a person, program, or center conducting specific work under these areas, this is a great place to start. If you are already active under one of these areas, check out your profile and learn about others across Columbia that share your interests. Please contact Nick Redding at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any questions or would like to learn more.
Interview with Danielle Goldberg, Program Coordinator at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights
How did you get the job you are currently in, and what do you think helped you most in getting hired for your position?
I was finishing a year-long Atlas Corps
fellowship in Bogota, Colombia when I came across an announcement for my current job on Columbia’s website through a basic internet search for positions related to peace-building. Since I was out of the country, I conducted a few interviews over SKYPE from Bogota before being offered the job. From later conversations with my supervisors, I understand that several attributes helped me to get the job over others with the same or greater qualifications, including: a demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, concrete skills related to the job (in my case, training/facilitation and curriculum development skills), international work experience (including volunteer work within the U.S. and abroad), and most importantly, great enthusiasm and commitment to peace-building and human rights. Working for the Peace-building and Rights Program can be very demanding, and my colleagues determined that I was not only capable of doing the job, but that I was also passionate and willing to give 110% to our mission. This is something we can all learn from-- skills and experience may get you through the first round, though being able to authentically share why
you are inspired to do this work can go a long way to inspiring others to want to work with