George Mason University
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George Mason University

7th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar

Photo of seminar participants at USIP

2014 Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, DC. Photo credit: USIP.

Teaching About Global Conflict and Peacebuilding

As community college populations continue to diversify, the significance of addressing topics such as human rights, war and peace, conflict resolution, social justice, and international relations will be more important than ever before.  Are you a community college professional - faculty or administrator - working to promote global education through the consideration of international and domestic conflict and peace issues?  If so, then attending this distinctive seminar, held annually in Washington, DC can provide you with a better understanding of contemporary issues and the tools to engage your learners. In 2019, the seminar will take place from October 31 - November 3..

The National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar is the only Washington, DC based seminar dealing with global conflict issues designed specifically for community college professionals.   Since the first seminar in 2013, over 140 professionals from community colleges across the U.S. as well as international educators have attended. 

Annually between 20-30 professionals attend.  Those attending represent a multidisciplinary array of fields and backgrounds.   Participating professionals will learn from Washington, DC insiders and experts on global issues and peacebuilding including those from the U.S. government, nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, academics, and practitioners.  Themes often covered include international affairs, refugees, human rights, social justice, media, dialogue, program development, conflict resolution, culture,  and experiential learning.  During the seminar, at least one field day is planned to visit local institutions and organizations. The schedule allows for personal time for attendees to visit Washington, DC.

The seminar is open to all interested or working with community college populations including full and part-time faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Internationals can also attend.


Registration is now open.  The registration form can be found here.  For more information read the agenda or contact David J. Smith, the seminar director, at

Seminar Details

George Mason University
School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Vernon Smith Building, Room 5183
3434 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201


The seminar will take place from October 31 - November 3, 2019. 


October 25, 2019. All fees must be received by then.


Early registration (Through September 6)              $300
Regular registration (September 7 through October 25) $350
Student registration (must submit paper registration form)  $200

As part of the registration fee, each participant will receive either a copy of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource (USIP Press 2013) or Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (Information Age Publishing 2016).

Lodging Information

Mason’s Arlington campus is conveniently located on the Orange Line of the Metro System at the Virginia Square stop.  We are walking distance from the Clarendon stop as well.  Arlington has a variety of hotel options, here are a few:

Comfort Inn Ballston 
1211 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia 22201 
Phone: 703-247-3399
Fax: 703-524-8739

Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston
4610 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
POC: Joseph Gorey
Phone: 703-243-9800 ext. 7113
Call 1-866-876-4238 and ask for the “GMU” rate

Residence Inn Arlington Ballston
650 N. Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22203
POC: Rebecca McCulloch or Maylia Ozanick
Phone: 703-312-2103

Residence Inn Arlington Courthouse
1401 N. Adams St
Arlington, VA 22201
POC: Rebecca McCulloch or Maylia Ozanick
Phone: 703-312-2103

Westin Arlington Gateway
801 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA  22203
POC: Dulce Tomasini or Nikole Gordon
Phone: 703-717-6200