Heravi Peace Institute

Is Peace Buildable?

The world needs more people in it committed to creating peace, and we aim to empower students with the skills needed to bring about social change. The Heravi Peace Institute at Utah State University prepares students to enter the workforce already adept at cultural peacebuilding, conflict management, nonprofit work, and the power to create intentional relationships and enact change in their communities.

This institute, housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is an academic program that supports student internships and other experiential learning, faculty and student research activities, and ongoing programming and public outreach in the field of peacebuilding through the proactive implementation of skills in a variety of settings and institutions to practice nonviolent collaboration and transformative conflict at the personal, interpersonal, family, community, intergroup, national, and international levels.

What We Offer Students

This uniquely interdisciplinary approach combines coursework from history, political science, communication studies, religious studies, and others to equip students with vital and marketable skills alongside strategic and creative approaches to conflict. Graduates leave as thoughtful professionals and active citizens ready to help build peaceful and transformative societies. And because certificates are designed to complement existing majors and minors, USU students can explore these skills without changing programs.

Space Making Program

The Heravi Peace Institute is proud to house USU's Space Making Program — a place for USU students to talk through life’s challenges in a confidential setting. Space-makers are USU students who are passionate about helping others. They are formally trained in conflict management and facilitation through courses, hours of observation, ongoing training, and practice in holding safe, exploratory conversations with others. Make a free appointment at our website today!
Space Making Webpage

Celebrating Our Faculty

Colin Flint, Tammy Proctor, Karin DeJonge-Kannan, Patrick Mason and Clair Canfield
Karin deJonge-Kannan’s retirement party offered an opportunity for HPI faculty members Clair Canfield, Colin Flint, Patrick Mason, and Tammy Proctor to join college faculty, staff, and students in thanking Karin for her service as a faculty member. We are particularly grateful for her service to the Heravi Peace Institute and wish her well in her retirement.