Moral Courage and Collective Responsibilities as Student Leaders

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Old Chapel

Join peacemaker, healer and scholar Najeeba Syeed for a workshop that will explore the role of student leaders in modelling moral courage and collective responsibility at UMass and beyond. Attendees will walk away with tips and tricks for engaging civilly in difficult conversations and will be challenged to think critically about their responsibilities to their peers and the larger campus community as student leaders.
Lunch will be provided

About the facilitator

Najeeba Syeed is Associate Professor of Interreligious Education at Claremont School of Theology and director of the Center for Global Peacebuilding. She is recognized as a leader in peacebuilding and social justice based research and twice received the Jon Anson Ford Award for reducing violence in schools and in the area of interracial gang conflicts and was named Southern California Mediation Association’s “Peacemaker of the Year” in 2007.

She has chaired national conferences on Muslim and Interfaith Peacebuilding, served as a mediator in many cases, started restorative justice mediation programs in many institutions including University of Southern California and several middle and high schools.

Her track record as a peacemaker and critical peace researcher has made her a sought out advisor and she has served as an on the ground peace interventionist in conflicts around the globe.

Professor Syed was formerly the executive director of the Western Justice Center Foundation founded by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dorothy Nelson and previous to that appointment was the executive director of the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center.

She is a past board member of the National Association for Community Mediation, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation and serves on the Higher Education Advisory Council for Interfaith Youth Corps, and Advisory Council for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the Tanenbaum Center and past chair of the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women.

Please contact Michelle Goncalves if you're interested.