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2014 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute July 21-24 focusing on conflict resolution for high school students

July 11, 2014

Wayne State University's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights are hosting the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute 2014, July 21-24, on the main Detroit campus.

During the event, high school students will focus on topics of conflict resolution, diversity, civil rights, negotiation, bullying, environmental science, social justice, international affairs and how to individually foster peace within their own communities.

The skills that high school students will gain from this year's summer institute will enable them to establish creative mechanisms of non-violent solutions where conflict and violence may exist. Students also will spend an overnight in the residence halls on Wayne State's campus, supervised by staff.

The institute's purpose is to inform students about Bunche's life and peacemaking legacy in the Middle East, Africa and at the United Nations, while also imparting multicultural skills for promoting harmony and strengthening relationships in their own lives, in communities, and with each other and the world as a whole.

Following a career in higher education, and pioneering in the U.S. civil rights struggle, Bunche, a native Detroiter, mediated the first Arab-Israeli ceasefire accords in 1949. He also represented the United Nations as Under Secretary General in crises emerging from the de-colonization process, including the Congo.

In honor of his Middle Eastern diplomacy, Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which he accepted on behalf of the United Nations. He was the first person of color to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  

Additional sponsoring partners of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute 2014 include: The Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Rotary International, Detroit Rotary, Jewish Community Relations Council and Presbytery of Detroit.

For more information about the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, contact Barbara L. Jones at barbaraljones@wayne.edu, (313) 577-3518.

About the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies

The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies develops and implements projects, programs, curricula, research and publications in areas of scholarship related to international and domestic peace, war, social justice, arms control, globalization, multicultural awareness and constructive conflict resolution. The Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students.

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