Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

School of Health and Human Sciences

People: Alumni

Wheel of career opportunitiesConflict professionals can be found in any discipline or line of work, because everyone can benefit from peaceful dispute resolution and collaborative problem solving. Each semester we will profile our MA alumni who are applying their degree in their professional lives. Read below to learn more about the ways you can integrate a MA in Peace and Conflict Studies into your career, or use the degree as a means to open new doors and possibilities.

Jessica Cruz
Jessica Cruz is a recent graduate of the Peace and Conflict Studies program and is currently an account manager at ListHub, a part of Move Inc.
  • In this role she focuses on building positive relationships with clients, ensuring process standards are met, and identifying opportunities for continuous improvement initiatives.
  • She firmly believes that the programs focus on effectively addressing and transforming conflict has made her a successful manager.

Lisanne Bluemel

Lisanne Bluemel completed UNC Greensboro’s Peace and Conflict Studies graduate Master’s program in May of 2016. Originally from Iserlohn, Germany, Lisanne remained in the U.S. and has been interning with the Global Opportunities (GO) Center as the Community Engagement intern through the Opportunity Greensboro Fellows Program 2016.
  • Due to the fact that the GO Center launched at the beginning of the year, Lisanne’s tasks have ranged from fundraising to website design, with a primary focus on program development. Through this opportunity, Lisanne has been able to further explore her personal interests in international higher education.
  • Opportunity Greensboro is a consortium of business and higher education leaders who are working to further the connections between businesses and universities. Through this national model of collaboration, the consortium strives to create for Greensboro a competitive advantage for business growth within four focus areas: marketing, common programs, entrepreneurship, and K–12 education.

Freddie Wilson was the first to complete the Peace and Conflict StudiesFreddie Wilson
undergraduate program at UNC Greensboro in 2015.
  • Upon graduating, Freddie accepted a position as an Associate Community Organizer with Fighting Against Injustice Towards Harmony (F.A.I.T.H.); a non-profit organization in Daytona Beach, Florida. F.A.I.T.H. organizes a coalition of local churches; synagogues and mosques that seek to do social justice by addressing the root causes of community problems and holding public officials accountable for unjust policy.
  • F.A.I.T.H.’s most recent victory was in convincing the Volusia County Council to allocate $4 million towards the construction of a homeless shelter called Volusia Safe Harbor.

 Chuck Egerton is a 2013 graduate of the UNCG Peace and Conflict Studies masters program and is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba in

 Chuck EgertonWinnipeg, Canada.

  • He is an artist/photographer and was a North Carolina community college instructor. After 25 years of teaching and as department head of Photographic Technology at Randolph Community College he retired to pursue his proposed Ph.D. thesis topic: Visioning peace: exploring the non-verbal agency of photography to transform conflict and build communities of peace and justice.
  • Chuck has contributed to two new books in the field: Peace on Earth and Transformative Change and was published in the first volume of the Global Journal of Peace Research and Praxis at UNCG.
  • This fall he was honored as the recipient of the Kanee Mauro Scholars fellowship from the Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at St. Paul’s College in the University of Manitoba.
  • “Having just completed by first semester at the Mauro Centre I am totally awed by the experience. The depth of my professors, the high level of readings and discussion and the wide diversity of my fellow students is so impressive it creates a wonderful learning and researching environment.
  • Thanks to the solid foundation I received from my professors and mentors in the PACS department at UNCG I feel well prepared for what I’ve encountered at the Ph.D. level.” Chuck has been asked to teach in the UNCG PACS online undergraduate program beginning Fall 2016.

 Narayan Khadka, originally from Nepal, came to Guilford County in 2002 and advocates for

 Narayan Khadkaimmigrants and refugees, particularly Nepali-speaking newcomers and ethnic Nepalis from Bhutan.

  • Currently, Narayan serves as the Refugee Outreach Coordinator at Senior Resources of Guilford, President of the Triad Nepalese Community Center (TNCC), and President ofGreensboro International Soccer League of the Triad (GISLT). Narayan is also pursuing his PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern.
  • His research interests are refugee and immigration issues, sports as a tool for conflict resolution, and indigenous systems of conflict resolution.

Crystal LeeCrystal Lee is Co-founder and President of The LEEdership Institute, a faith-based nonprofit organization specializing in leadership development for emerging leaders, conflict resolution consultation and training, women’s economic empowerment, and community social justice.

  • She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. Crystal is a master connector, skilled at meeting others at points of commonality, and has emerged as a respected voice of wisdom in intractable situations.