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Fran Faraz
Peace Studies Coordiantor
ffarazdaghi@gwc.cccd.edu

Karen Dickerson
Peace Studies Counselor
kdickerson@gwc.cccd.edu

Dr. Dave Hudson

Dean of Arts and Letters
dhudson@gwc.cccd.edu

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Peace & Leadership Club
Fran Faraz – Club Advisor ffarazdaghi@gwc.cccd.edu

Paul Tayyar – Co Advisor ptayyar@gwc.cccd.edu

Janet Chavarria – President
Ann Vu – Vice President


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Peace Conference Testimonials

I wanted to thank you for something you probably had no idea you did! I took your class last Spring semester and you offered us extra credit to attend the Peace Conference at Golden West College. To be honest, I did go for the points, but during the conference, I was also inspired and found myself really listening. I met one of the speakers, Heather Guay, about her organization called Namaste Nepal. All last year I fundraised money for the organization and to go on the trip to Nepal! I have never felt so determined and motivated to go somewhere in my life. I held car washes and yard sales almost every weekend, I created a website, wrote letters, and told my classes. I raised over $5,000 and took a plane to Nepal to spend 3 weeks providing educational scholarships to students. Namaste Nepal works to prevent students from human trafficking. I met with some amazing people, I felt incredibly enlightened, and I had the best time of my life....all thanks to your class and the opportunity to go to the Peace Conference. I attached a few pictures of my travels!

- Samantha Almaraz

As a student, it was too often that I was surrounded by an enveloping feeling of helplessness, a feeling that the world we inherit will be more monotonous and broken than the one we were promised. Attending the Peace Conference doesn't promise that the world will be brighter or greener, or even happier; it promises that it will be if you put the effort in. The conference inspired me to be a nonviolent agent of change, to look within for that leader, that inspiration, in whatever venture I pursue. We don't have to be the next Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. if we as a world community we all work toward a culture of peace.

- Jeremy Napial

Attend the 2013 Golden West College Peace Conference with an open mind and you will be sure to have multiple visions on how to help create positive change around you. After attending the Peace Conference, I was inspired to commit to a lifestyle that promoted sustainability, inner peace, and cultural awareness. I am now more conscious with my actions and how the choices I make, affects others. With courage and confidence, we are able to become better beings. If there is anything I have gained from this life-changing experience, it is that peace is a journey and not just a mere destination.

- Ann Vu

Out of all the wonderful things I have learned at the Peace Conference, the feeling of community, love and growth has been the most influential. Besides the brilliant speakers, interesting demonstrations, and delicious food, what makes the Peace Conference so beautiful is the fact that it exists. College students are given a space to come together and collaborate on what is currently taking place around the world and in their own community to create a more peaceful world. By showing the average person that they are capable of something that great, pride and hope is instilled and positive change begins.

- Bree Brydenthal

To me, the peace conference is a motivational and inspirational experience in many aspects. It has given me the opportunity to interact with other individuals that have hope and are willing to work to make the world a better place. It gives me a greater understanding of the conflicts, difficulties, and struggles that are occurring in our country and all around the world. Though, the peace conference sends out a feeling of self-reflection, it teaches the responsibility and impact that as individuals we have on everyday actions. The peace conference was an eye opener for me since the first time I attended, since then, every year I learn something new that I can apply to my life for a significant and positive change.

- Janet Chavarria