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9th Annual
"Leadership and Peace Building"

Friday, April 24, 2015 | Student Center | 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As the world is becoming increasingly interconnected, interdependent and diverse, there is a greater need for new leaders who can address the issues of our time. At a time of uncertainty and not having clear answers, new skills of leadership and new understandings are required in creating peaceful communities that are just, compassionate and sustainable.

Presented by Golden West College, Peace Studies Program, in partnership with
Office of Student Life and Leadership, Associated Students, Intercultural Program,
International Program, Criminal Justice, Leadership & Ethics Institute, and AES Huntington Beach.

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CSULB interACT Performance Troupe
Thursday, April 23
1pm - 2:30 in Mainstage Theater

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Check out our Speakers for 2015!

The League of Afghanistan: Breaking Down Cultural Barriers and Changing Lives Through Sports

Jess Markt -An international wheelchair basketball coach and consultant specialized in organizing leagues and training players in developing countries. His efforts have transformed the young lives in Afghanistan, India, Cambodia and Palestine: Read more...

Klan- Destined Relationships: A Black Man's Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan

Daryl Davis –Chicago native Daryl Davis received his degree in Jazz from Howard University. As a musician, he has worked with such artists as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Jerry Lee Lewis, Percy Sledge, The Coasters, and The Platters, The Legendary Blues Band, among others. He tours both nationally and internationally with The Daryl Davis Band. Read more...

Peace Award Recipient

Lisa Schultz - Is the recipient of the 2015 GWC Peace Award. She is the founder of the international online artistic creative community, and The Peace Project, with the help of a network of 500 medical professionals, members of the disabled community and concerned citizens, distributed 10,000 pairs of crutches across the war zone areas of Africa on September 21, 2011, World Peace Day. Read more...

Education for Peace

Prakash Bista, A sophomore from Soka University and one of the Orange County's 100 Most Influential People in 2014 by Orange County Register is a social entrepreneur.  He has led the residents of his village, Lalu (in Nepal), to build the village's first service-oriented non-profit school. Read more...

Peace Leadership: Community-based Peace Building

Whitney McIntyre Miller joined the Graduation Leadership Programs faculty at Chapman University as an Assistant Professor in August of 2014.  Prior to coming to Chapman University, she was an Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership at Northern Kentucky University.  Read more...

The Practice of Peace –Ethics Through the Eastern Door (Buddhism ,Confucianism , and Taoism)

Dr. Manseau Sauceda is the founding Director of the Multicultural Center at California State University, Long Beach. He is also a co-founder of the California Council of the Cultural Centers in Higher Education (CaCCCHE). Dr. Manseau Sauceda is a nationally recognized trainer in cross-cultural communication and international education. Read more...

Declare Interdependence

Tony Damico - received a Master’s in Communication Studies from CSU, Long Beach and his  BA in Organizational Communication at Western Kentucky University. He competed in and coached competitive speech and debate, known as Forensics, for 13 years, winning national and international championships, both as a competitor and a coach. Read more....

Your Future Leadership Starts Now

Ja Marr Brown "Your Future Leadership Starts Now" is designed to teach young leaders what they need to know and focus on today in order to be the top leaders in their chosen career.  This program will teach you key leadership fundamentals and principles you need to learn today in order to have top level success as a leader in the future. Read more...

 Lead By Example

Omid Singh is an American touring stand-up comedian, based in Los Angeles. Raised in a multicultural family (half Indian, half Iranian), he has lived in more than a dozen different cities across two continents. From the suburbs of Orange County to Texas to Dubai, his unique upbringing—and rapidly growing facial hair— have influenced his comedy, making him a diverse performer who enjoys connecting with every type of audience.

Life Takes Bravery

Melissa Applebee first had the idea to start BeYoutiful, a teen-girl empowerment organization, in 2010. Four years later, her dream became a reality. The first BeYoutiful Conference was held on May 24, 2014 at Golden West College. The four year buffer zone before the conference was filled with hard work, passion, determination, and a refusal to give up. Read more

Chip Royston III, M.A. Anthropological Philosopher. Professor of Human Services and Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton, Mr. Royston is profoundly interested in the human condition; past, present, and future. He also has many interests outside of the classroom. He has an integral partnership with the Center for Living Peace and has twice been a keynote speaker at the Golden West College Peace conference. He authored an empowering children’s book endorsed by Dr. Jane Goodall. He was a founding member of Bundle of Twigs, a Long Beach-based community activism leadership organization. Mr. Royston’s interest in creating Peace has been nurtured by a life-long dedication to service and has created this purpose statement to guide his life: We Are One Global Family Where Each and Every Human Being can See Themselves in the Eyes of Another; Regardless of Different Background, Experience, or Belief.

Farshid Doust A.K.A. FOLANI is a composer, Songwriter, Flute Player & writer. He is the founder of Folanband and the Flutist / producer of progressive Rock Band Maya. Farshid is a former teacher of the Conservatory of Music in Tehran. He is known for his unique teaching methods and his skills in composing fusion music that bridges traditional and modern genres. Farshid’s writings are about social and political issues ranging from peace and culture to health and environment. He recently has moved to Southern California where he is actively reaching out and collaborating with musicians, artists and leaders of thought.

Restorative Justice

Monica Curca is a communications strategist and founder of PAX Manifesto and Transmedia for Good: SoCal group in Los Angeles. Monica works as a strategic communications and media consultant for international peacebuilding organizations and is currently the communications and development manager at the Orange County Congregation Community Organization. She has extensive on the ground experience in transmedia campaign strategy and management and training/building capacity of civil society organizations and grassroots communities. She has worked with Sera Paz in Mexico, United Methodist Charity on Relief in the country of Georgia, The Center for Citizen Peacebuilding at University of California Irvine, and the Center for Civil Society and Democracy in Syria.

Women and Men as Partners in Peace: the Struggle for Sustainable Family and Community

Hilarie Kelly received her PhD in anthropology from UCLA. She has taught at California State University (Fullerton and Long Beach campuses) and is currently teaching at University of La Verne. She is the 2014-2015 President of the Southwestern Anthropology Association. Her research interests include economic development, transnationalism and globalization, cross-cultural health and nutrition, gender socialization, aging, performance and visual representation. Her research has taken her from Eastern Africa, to the Caribbean, to the Pacific Islands, to the Indian Himalayas, and includes a focus on diversity right here in Southern California as well. In her spare time she dances, gardens, cooks, travels, and does photography.

Fair & Impartial Policing: Understanding our Implicit Biases and its Impact on People we Serve

Gary Meza had a full career as a police officer with HBPD, retiring as a lieutenant. In addition to being an instructor for GWC CJTC he has been a long time facilitator for the law enforcement training the Museum of Tolerance does in the area of cultural diversity.  

Promote Peace by Supporting a Healthy and Educated Population

Rob Bachmann, RN, MN is the Associate Dean/Director of the Golden West College Student Health Services. He has worked in health and education for 31 years. He is passionate about supporting student success by promoting health (physical, mental and social) and addressing the non-academic barriers to student success. Healthy students learn better and stay in school. Peace is built upon a foundation of a healthy and educated population. read more...

Fran Faraz is Peace Studies Program Director and Advisor to the Peace & Leadership Club at Golden West College. Ms. Faraz teaches Introduction to Peace Studies, Nonviolence and Conflict Resolution, and Leadership and Peacebuilding. This is the 9th annual Peace Conference that Ms. Faraz has organized. Her goal is that with each passing year, the conference further helps to raise awareness and knowledge of a variety of peace-related issues.