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Dissertation Defense: Nawal Rajeh

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

09:30 AM - 11:30 AM

“Peace is Our Thing”: A Participatory Action Research Project of Youth Peacemakers in Baltimore, MD,” explores how a group of 10 youth at a Baltimore community peace program (Peace Camp) process the world around them and the role that peace education can play in creating meaningful and sustained change in their lives.  

In addition to uncovering new collective knowledge around the ways youth navigate challenges while holding their identity as peacemakers, the findings of this research suggest that PAR can enhance and complement peace interventions, that culture plays a role in building safe spaces for youth, and that youth voices are both stifled and empowered through formal and informal institutions. 

This project is a case study for the field of Peace and Conflict Studies in how long-term, community-based interventions can sustain identity change and create a community of people who make peace “their thing”.


Dr. Susan Allen, Professor and Henry Hart Rice Chair, Carter School, George Mason University

Dr. Arthur Romano, Associate Professor, Carter School 

Dr. Jenice L. View, PhD, Union Institute and University, Associate Professor Emerita of Education

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