UC Riverside and Ford Foundation Promote Women as Global Peacekeepers

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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UCRPD, Community Participate in Special Olympics Torch Run

On Monday, June 4, officers from the UC Riverside Police Department participated with other law enforcement agencies and family members in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run as it made its way through Southern California.

Officers took over the torch on University Avenue between the I-60 freeway and West Campus Drive. Runners passed through campus on West Campus Drive to Canyon Crest Drive and then to Central Avenue where they handed off the torch to FBI-employee runners.

The runners were escorted by marked police vehicles and motorcycles to ensure their safety, as well as to bring attention to the Special Olympics.

Sandra Baltazar Martínez

Writers Resist Returns for a Night of Free Expression

Readers will present work in resistance to attacks on principles of freedom and justice in our community.

UCR’s next Writers Resist event, featuring undergraduates, graduate students, faculty writers, alumni, and Inland Empire writers and artists, will be held Thursday, May 31, from 5-7 p.m. in CHASS Interdisciplinary Round Lab, INTS 1111. Participants will share works of resistance as part of the national movement.

The event, organized by the Department of Creative Writing in collaboration with Pen America, began as a literary protest in response to the January 2017 presidential inauguration to signal that all eyes, ears, and pens are trained on Washington. Guests are invited to come and support the Riverside writing community in their efforts to resist attacks on principles of freedom and justice in the community.

For more information, including the list of readers presenting works of resistance, please visit here.

Find more information about the movement at writersresist.org.

This event is free and open to the campus.

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