Living Transitional Justice: Integrated Community Learning Program, Hawai’i

Summary of Opportunity: 

Living Transitional Justice: Integrated Community Learning Program

Cohort Model (1 Year, February 2020- January 2021)

The Immersion Experience: Leadership development, public service, social justice and faith

Summary of Program

What does justice or transitional justice look like for communities where conflict persists among its members? How is civic engagement and sovereignty navigated, and what methods can we employ to facilitate inner-campus and community-based change and 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.

Location: New Haven, Connecticut, Honolulu, Hawai’i

Program Travel Dates: June 2020 

Funding sources: (Student fee $250)

Tenants: Applied peacemaking, Conflict resolution, Civic engagement, Mindfulness, Consciousness 

Leadership Development

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

Public Service

Theme: Sustainability

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.

 Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution

The Matsunaga Institute is a multi-disciplinary community of scholars, students, and practitioners who, through academic programs and outreach, promote cross-cultural understanding and collaborative problem-solving. In 1986, the University of Hawai’i Institute for Peace was established. From the beginning, the Institute was an academic community designed to develop and share knowledge about the root causes of violence, conditions of peace, and uses of nonviolent means for resolving conflicts.

The goals of the Matsunaga Institute are to:

  • Educate and train professionals and future leaders in applied peacemaking and conflict resolution.

  • Encourage innovative thinking to develop collaborative processes that engage a range of stakeholders in problem-solving.

  • Engage students, through scholarship and practice, in addressing contemporary problems within Hawaiʻi, the Asia-Pacific region, the U.S., and the world.

  • Use the strategic Pacific location to bring people together in an intellectually safe space for an exchange of diverse perspectives and ideas.

 Cubanakoa Foundation

The Cubanakoa Foundation values the importance of empowering individuals to reconnect to the ideas of our ancestors through spirituality, self-development, service to others and sustainable living.

Integrated Community Learning Program Outcomes

Training model for student groups and student leaders across campus, and our community partners. Billable training for New Haven workplaces including neighboring colleges and universities, local government, non-profits, and other businesses.

Open To: 
Graduate Students
Contact Name: 
Marquita Taylor
Opportunity Type: 
Volunteer Opportunities