Most of the women who attended the institute hold academic and administrative faculty positions in higher education and come from societies that have experienced, or are experiencing, social, political, and civil conflict or war.

From June 4-8, UC Riverside played host to the launch of the Women as Global Peacekeepers Leadership Institute, a meetup of women from the United States, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.

Most of the women who attended the institute hold academic and administrative faculty positions in higher education and come from societies that have experienced, or are experiencing, social, political, and civil conflict or war. During their time at UCR, they discussed the roles of women in higher education when it comes to rebuilding civil society in countries emerging from war, civil conflict, and displacement.

The event was made possible by a generous grant from the Ford Foundation, a nonprofit that funds programs aimed at strengthening democratic values, reducing poverty and injustice, promoting international cooperation, and advancing human achievement.

Yolanda T. Moses, professor of anthropology at UCR, and Beverly Lindsay, professor emerita at Pennsylvania State University, served as the event’s co-coordinators and principal investigators under the Ford Foundation grant.

“Higher education can be an honest broker in rebuilding civil society and building inclusive leadership at universities in countries emerging from years of war, civil conflict, and displacement,” Moses said. “In some cases, universities may be the only places where conversations can occur to promote the change needed to prevent ongoing cycles of violence.”

Tess Eyrich

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