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Second Annual Peace Initiative

March 25th - 30th, & April 5th, 2019

The Peace Initiative will facilitate a discussion of techniques that can be used to cultivate peace within the individual, community, and our society.  As such, this information can help us to more effectively address the challenges that we are currently confronted by with regard to the social fragmentation in our society.  If we can foster greater levels of understanding and unity with those who have differing views, then the problems that we face can be addressed by working together, rather than working against one another.        

Second Annual Peace Intiative Schedule

The Peace Intiative Flyer and Schedule are avalble for download and also described below. 

All events are free and open to the College of Charleston campus community as well as the general public.

Softly, Softly: How Cross-Border and Cross-Community Programs are Contributing to Peace-Building in Ireland and Northern Ireland 

March 25, 3:30 – 4:30; Lightsey Conference Center, room B09

E. Moore Quinn, Department of Anthropology and Eimer Kernan, MSW

The speakers will explore how the sharing of common heritage is contributing to improved well-being -- social, environmental and financial -- for those who reside along the borders of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The talk will showcase some successful strategies that have led to an increase in dialogue and mutual understanding. 

The Role of Spirituality in the Promotion of Social Justice

March 26, 3:30 – 4:30; Lightsey Conference Center, room B09

Lisa Ross, Department of Psychology, Mindfulness Initiative

This talk will explore how contemporary spiritual practices such as compassion can support those striving for social justice and fair distribution of resources in the U.S. Levels of thoughts and deeds, from the person to the societal, will be discussed. This event contributes to the College’s Sustains/Solves QEP programming around social justice and fair distribution

When You’re Served Lemons ….Make Lemonade: Healing after Experiences of Racial Trauma

March 27, 3:30 – 4:30; Lightsey Conference Center, room B09

Charissa Owens, Office of Institutional Diversity

Using effective communication techniques to discuss sensitive topics, participants will describe the impact of racial trauma and identify solutions that promote healing among those who have experienced racial trauma or other social injustices. 

Supporting Social Activism through a Mindfulness Practice

March 28, 3:30 – 4:30; Lightsey Conference Center, room B09

Kerry Wischusen, Ryan Scott, and Rhonda Swickert, Department of Psychology, Mindfulness Initiative, Meditation Club

This panel discussion will explore how enhancing one’s level of mindfulness would facilitate greater resilience for individuals working on the frontlines of social activism. The role that mindfulness and peace promotion can play in changing hearts and minds will also be explored, and the presentation will culminate in a mindfulness practice. This event contributes to the College’s Sustains/Solves QEP programming around social justice and fair distribution

Half-day Meditation Retreat

March 30 from 1 to 4:00 p.m. in Robert Scott Small, room 319

Rachael McNamara, Counseling Center

This retreat will focus, in part, on creating a sense of social activism for the environment and all life on this planet through mindfulness practices. Please contact Rachael McNamara ( to register.

Peace Begins with Me

Pathways to Peace parade on April 5th starting at 9:45 a.m. Please come join us at the Cistern!

Early Childhood Development Center:

The children of ECDC will be visiting departments and asking faculty, staff, and students, “What does Peace mean to You?” They will collect these responses during the Peace Initiative Week and will display these messages in the Addlestone Library at the end of the Peace Initiative week. If you would like to request a visit at a specific time, please contact or call 843.953.5631. ECDC, along with Memminger Elementary, will host a Pathways to Peace parade.

Events Sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology and PsychologySustainability Literacy InstituteThe Office of Institutional Diversity, and The School of Humanities and Social Sciences