“The purpose of the Peace Institute for me is to provide a safe place for students to learn about, to reflect on and to share and build strategies for Peace in our college as well as our wider communities, especially important in this time of conflict and war in so much of the world,” Molly Popchock, SCC English as a Second Language Faculty and regional refugee and immigrant advocate.
Experience a new idea taking shape at Spokane Community College where we are coming together and working for peace in our daily lives, classrooms and community. The Peace Studies Program at SCC provides students the opportunity to explore the many perspectives of peace theory and practice. Faculty across all disciplines are building Peace Studies into their regular coursework.
The Institute for Peace will be a gathering place where ideas, resources and innovation come together at SCC. This will be a welcoming space for faculty, students and staff and will be the place for people to join in the study and practice of peace education.
Peace Studies is part of many areas of study
Peace can be taught in any setting and in any area of study – from communications to automotive repair. Whether your area of study is professional-technical, business, education, government or the arts and sciences, peace education will enhance your area of study. By studying peace in your field of study, you will learn how to apply conflict resolution, empathic listening and peacemaking in the way you will experience it.
The number of SCC courses that are including Peace Studies in their curriculum keeps growing. Here is our most up-to-date listing of qualifying courses. Check back for updates.
What is a Peace Studies Endorsement and what can you do with it?
- Are you interested in peacemaking and pragmatic conflict resolution?
- Are you interested in developing global thinking and respect for diversity?
- Are you interested in critical thinking and creative problem solving?
- Are you looking to enhance your course of study?
Students across SCC want to incorporate conflict resolution, critical thinking, empathy and social justice into their lives at SCC and in the workforce. By choosing regular courses needed for your degree from the list of courses that include Peace Studies education, you will build your understanding and abilities in Peace Studies. When you complete 10 to 15 credits of courses with Peace Studies designations, you will earn a Peace Studies Certificate from SCC.
"Peace is much more than the absence of violence, it's the presence of intentional, sustained harmony," Angela Wizner, Instructor, Department of Communications Studies.