Loyola University Maryland

Peace and Justice

About

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Peace and Justice Studies explores the causes and consequences of violent conflict as well as the conditions that promote conflict resolution, peace, and justice.  It does so from a variety of disciplinary perspectives – political, sociological, theological, philosophical, and literary.  The Office of Peace and Justice aims to offer students the opportunity to study and promote peace and justice in interpersonal, institutional, societal, and global contexts.

Through its programming, the Office seeks to help students realize the following aims:

  • Understand the causes and consequences of violent conflict, the systematic sources of injustice, and the inter-relationship of justice and peace
  • Analyze concrete cases of conflict from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including political, sociological, theological, philosophical, and literary
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a number of conflict resolution and peacebuilding skills and apply these in interpersonal, institutional, societal, and global contexts
  • Make meaningful connections across courses and develop a coherent framework for thinking about peace and justice issues
  • Communicate proficiency in these aims in oral and written form

In the process, the Office’s programming also help students fulfill the following University undergraduate learning aims:

  • A commitment to promote justice for all, based on a respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life
  • An appreciation of the great moral issues of our time, including poverty, racism, genocide, war and peace
  • A willingness to act as an agent for positive change, informed by a sense of responsibility to the larger community
  • A commitment to put faith into action
  • The ability to make sound judgments in complex and changing environments
  • The ability to use speech and writing effectively, logically, gracefully, persuasively, and responsibly

Steering Committee

Dr. John Kiess, Assistant Professor of Theology/Director, Office of Peace and Justice
Dr. Michelle Gawerc, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dr. Fuat Gursozlu, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Moira Lynch, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Jane Satterfield, Associate Professor of Writing
Dr. Karsonya Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African-American Studies