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Living in a Land of Diversity and How Not to Take It for Granted: The Implications for Peacebuilding, April 17, Rockville, SC152

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Published: 2017-04-12 00:00:01.000

The Washington Metropolitan area is among the most diverse in the U.S. In fact, Germantown, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, and Rockville are ranked as the second, third, fourth and ninth most diverse American cities for their size nationally. But do we take it for granted? Please join the Global Nexxus Program on April 17 for a talk and activity titled <i>Living in a Land of Diversity and How Not to Take it for Granted: The Implications for Peacebuilding</i> from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the Rockville Campus, Science Center, 152.

Can one live in the lap of diversity and not fully appreciate its benefits? Moreover, what are the implications of diversity in promoting peacebuilding and community? In a lecture and experiential activity, author and trainer David J. Smith will explore these concepts with the audience.

This event is part of the 15th Annual Arab American Heritage celebration at Montgomery College.

About the presenter: David J. Smith, JD, MS
David J. Smith's work spans the fields of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and civic and global education. He has over 30 years' experience as an educational consultant, lawyer, mediator, college professor, trainer, senior program officer and manager, and author. David supports educators, youth, and professionals in developing institution-wide initiatives and student activities promoting civic, peace, and peacebuilding awareness. He works with groups and individuals in need of career and conflict coaching, mediation, and conflict engagement assistance. He has consulted with nearly 400 colleges around the U.S. and has given over 500 talks on peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and international education. He is the president of the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc., a 501c3 not-for-profit that offers experiential learning opportunities for students and professionals. He was formerly a senior program officer and coordinator of national outreach at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has taught at Harford Community College, Goucher College, Towson University, Georgetown University, and currently at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. He was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tartu (Estonia) teaching peace studies and alternative dispute resolution. David is the recipient of the William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the field of Conflict Resolution given by the Association for Conflict Resolution and the inaugural Global Education Award for Outstanding Voluntary Service Leadership given by the World Affairs Council/Washington, DC. David is past chair of the Rockville, Maryland Human Rights Commission, where he received the Community Mediator of the Year Award. He recently published Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (Information Age Publishing, 2016) and is the co-author of USIP Special Report 246 Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflict (August 2010). He has published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Community College Journal, Journal of Peace Education, Huffington Post, The New York Times, and Baltimore Sun. He is a graduate of American University (BA, political science & urban affairs), George Mason University (MS, conflict analysis & resolution), and the University of Baltimore (JD).

The event is free and open to the public. It satisfies the multicultural and diversity training requirement. Certificates of attendance will be available at the event.

Questions? Contact Enas Elhanafi at
This event is sponsored by the Global Nexus Program, the Counseling Department-R, and the Peace & Justice Studies.

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