The department focuses on internationalization, consistent with UNCG’s mission. Our students study abroad and global experiences are incorporated into class readings, discussions, and projects. Community engagement is fostered here in Guilford County and around the globe.
Leanne works with very young children (3-11yo) in peace education, cultural awareness and food justice, and also takes freelance assignments in documentary video and socio-political blog writing. She holds a BA in Child Development, with a concentration in child rights, a BS in Spanish, and is on leave-of-absence from a MA program in Peace & Conflict Studies in order to pursue a MIS in Peace & Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland, Australia through a Rotary Peace Fellowship. Read more about her Rotary Experience by visiting her blog.
In 2009, she took an internship that had her embedded with migrant farmworking families in Southeastern United States. Through this experience she developed a better understanding of the intersections between food access, migration and conflict.
Using documentary arts, oral history, and creative nonfiction- Leanne continues to advocate for and ally with local and international groups to share healing and re-conciliatory narratives. Her work has taken her to Costa Rica, Mexico and Colombia and highlights the effects of transnational corporations and policies on violence, scarcity and immigration.
Another experience that impacted her direction was a week-long full-immersion conflict simulation, staged through a collective of universities’ Peace & Conflict Masters Degree programs. In this, participants were required to design and build a humanitarian space in an active conflict zone, manage wounded and cholera-stricken refugees, and negotiate with government agents, military officials, prison wardens and leaders of an opposition militia group. In this, Leanne realized a passion for emergency management, and a focus on stabilization and safety of women and children in fragile zones.
The mother of two young boys, Leanne can often be found climbing trees, riding bicycles and all-around adventuring. In her “spare” time, she writes and is in the process of editing a memoir.
Why Study PCS Abroad?
“In a globalized world, conflict
does not know national
borders. Students who major in
Peace and Conflict Studies will
become global citizens, able to
navigate complex and
cross-cultural relations around
the world. An important piece of
our field is experiential learning
through immersing yourself in
another educational environment.
Study abroad offers a wonderful
opportunity to get hands-on
experiences in another culture
which will deepen your education
when you return to UNCG.”
-Dr. Tom Matyok, Adjunct Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies
Graduate student participants of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies have an opportunity to study and work in Germany at the University of Konstanz during a semester-long exchange. Undergraduate semester abroad options are also available. For more information, click here.
NORTHERN IRELAND / UNITED KINGDOM
INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute) is a joint program offered by the University of Ulster and the United Nations University. INCORE offers a MSc in Peace in Conflict Studies program. Coursework includes theoretical issues surrounding peace and conflict study and mixes comparative peace and conflict studies with country– and region-specific focuses.
Malmo University has a Peace and Conflict Studies program that mirrors UNCG’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program.
The Learning for Sustainability and Community Engagement Program (LSCE) is an experiential learning and community engagement program offered by the Postgraduate and International Office of the university. Coursework of this program includes community development, global citizenship, social justice, violence, restorative justice and much more.
Transcend USA partners with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Its mission is to bring about a more peaceful world by offering education/training and research to transform conflicts nonviolently.
For general study abroad questions, contact the International Programs Center (IPC) by calling (336) 334-5404 or stop by 207 Foust to schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor.
Graduate students interested in student exchange or dual degree program should contact Ali Askerov, Director of Graduate Study, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergraduate students wanting to do a global exchange should contact Jeremy Rinker, Director of Undergraduate Study, at email@example.com