Living Transitional Justice: Integrated Community Learning Program
Cohort Model (1 Year, February 2020- January 2021)
Location: New Haven, Connecticut, Honolulu, Hawai’i
Program Travel Dates: June 2020 (Student fee $250)
Key Experience Areas: Leadership development, public service, social justice and faith
Tenants: Applied peacemaking, Conflict resolution, Civic engagement, Mindfulness, Consciousness
What does transitional justice look like in U.S. states and territories that are grappling with histories of violence? How are issues of sovereignty currently being navigated in those communities? What methods can we employ to facilitate inner-campus and community-based change fostering discussions for “peacebuilding” and “reconciliation?”
Through an innovative partnership with the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Hawai’i and the Cubanakoa Foundation, Dwight Hall at Yale | Center for Public Service and Social Justice through its Institute for Civic Engagement is launching an Integrated Community Learning Program at Yale University. Over the course of a year beginning in Spring 2020, participants will take part in an intensive immersion learning experience that will expand their capacities as leaders and change-makers. By completing a series of integrated learning activities and hands-on projects spanning Connecticut and Hawai’i, student participants will develop unique skills in applied peacemaking and conflict resolution that will equip them to address complex challenges at Yale, in New Haven, and in a rapidly evolving world.
Program Outline: All students are encouraged to apply. Beginning in March, cohort participants will meet to work through assigned readings, reflection, and build community prior to the trip in June.
The focus: applied peacemaking and conflict resolution. Conflicts are products and reflections of disharmony. In Samoan culture, disharmonies can be resolved through the co-existence of remorse and forgiveness, community, and the privilege of aloha (meaning, love, and compassion). The leadership development experience will include a combination of holistic and cognitive thinking.
Key principles include: critical thinking, openness, understanding the exponential effects of change
Key principles include: Community-driven, Caring credibly, Capital conscious, Continuously connecting (in alignment with the Fair Trade Learning standard)
Faith and Social Justice
The focus: the impact of cultural differences on faith and approaches to social justice.
Key principle: Personal Reflection
Integrated learning combines theory and technique learned in the classroom with the solution of real-world problems for real-world communities. Students pursue integrated learning experiences through a variety of channels including integrated learning projects and ‘hands-on’ experiences. Integrated learning is the process of making connections among concepts and experiences so that information and skills can be applied to novel and complex issues or challenges. To succeed in multiple, changing environments, students must develop the intellectual flexibility and adaptability to incorporate varied sources of information into their decision-making and understanding of the world. Raising the Bar (2010), a national survey identified that exploration of large challenges such as sustainability and human rights as essential for 21st-century college graduates.
This program will afford students the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and explore the world and the New Haven community in a meaningful way. Productive leaders and learners benefit from being comfortable with the fluidity of knowledge and skills. In fact, the human brain itself does not operate in defined compartments of information. Instead, we naturally look for connections between ideas and often learn best when we identify such connections. Integrated learning integrates the skills and knowledge traditionally defined within some disciplines into one theme centered approach to exploring and learning about our world and community.
This trip is equal parts of public service work, social justice exposure, faith-based reflection, leadership development, and education. This opportunity provides students with the chance to make an impact on communities around the U.S. and learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing the country.
This program is multi-disciplinary and will foster; leadership development (applied peacemaking and conflict resolution), public service, social justice, faith, and personal reflection, and sustainable project implementation.