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Overview

Peace Pack is a student training and development program offered by The Office of Community Standards and The Office of the University Ombuds. Peace Pack empowers students to appropriately address controversial issues and expressive activity in efforts to cultivate a more peaceful culture on campus. By having “peace” as the leading principle in this initiative, students will learn to embrace diversity in a civil, equitable and harmonious manner. This training gives an easy three-step Peace Pack approach (Understand, Empower and Engage) for students to use when promoting peace.

Peace Ambassador Certificate Program

  • Who

    Who

    Open to any student who would like to develop critical leadership skills, have a positive impact on the campus climate, and basically change the world!

    • Students who complete all three steps will be recognized as certified “Peace Ambassadors” of the Peace Pack. 
      • Peace Ambassadors will be added to a collective directory that any student group may call on to help facilitate student-led dialogue.
    • Students who participate in at least two of the three steps will be recognized as “Peer Peacemakers” of the Peace Pack.
    • Students who participate in any one of the five steps will be recognized as members of the Peace Pack.
  • What

    What

    1. Attend a three-part training series on Peacebuilding tools and techniques:
      • Restorative Justice (RJ) 
      • Ethical Decision-Making (EDM) 
      • Bystander Intervention and Expressive Activity Response
    2. Use these tools and techniques to plan and implement three peacebuilding activities (assistance provided by Peace Pack leaders).
      • Host an RJ forum on the topic of your choosing
      • Have an EDM processing and planning meeting based on what you learned from your forum
      • Implement your plan to promote peaceful understanding around the topic of your forum, or a peaceful campus climate in general
    3. Debrief on Peace Pack experience and earn Peace Ambassador Certificate upon completion of the above training and activities.
  • When

    When

    Training opportunities are offered several times each semester. Check Wolf Connect for dates and times.

  • How

    How

    Register on Wolf Connect or contact the Peace Pack leaders for more information:

    Lauren Harris 
    Student Conduct Specialist –Investigator/ Office of Community Standards 
    Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management 
    678-839- 4733
    peacepack@westga.edu

    Tahirih Varner 
    Director of Ombuds Services/ Office of the University Ombuds
    President’s Division
    678-839-4165
    peacepack@westga.edu 

More on the "What" and the "How" - Peace Pack Approach

  • Understand

    Understand

    Restorative Justice (RJ) theory provides a framework for facilitating peaceful and balanced group dialogue around difficult or controversial topics. The goal is not to convince or persuade each other of one viewpoint or another, but simply to facilitate mutual understanding that may hopefully lead to more respectful and possibly even helpful, collaborative interactions.   

    Topics for campus RJ forums

    These should be topics chosen by the student group and identified as important, controversial matters. If it is not controversial enough or important enough, then there is probably no need to implement a peaceful plan to address it, because it would not have disturbed the peace much to begin with. 

    Examples: 

    • Legalize Marajuana?
    • Bonner plantation plans
    • Abortion: Pro-Choice vs Pro-Life 
    • Suicide and Anxiety among College Students
    • Affirmative Action: (Dis)Continue?
    • Is this Hazing?
  • Empower and Engage

    Empower and Engage

    After facilitating a dialogue for greater understanding using the RJ method, your group will use the ethical decision-making techniques gained to create a plan to positively impact the matter discussed and promote peace. If your topic was the Mental Health of College Students, for example, and you learned that anxiety and suicide rates spike around exam time, your group my create a Wall of Encouragement, where you invite students to decorate a wall with words of encouragement for one another. Other examples of activities to promote peace, understanding and positive climates on college campuses across the country are:

    • “Pay if Forward” -engage in act of volunteerism or service to help those in need. 
    • Create a gallery of art (pictures, poems and paintings) that promote peace. 
    • Host an event with peace-building activities.