Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Alumni Profile

"Peace does not happen when the last bullet is fired, it takes a very long time...years, even decades."

-- Brehan Doud, East Africa Program Specialistat USDA Forest Office of International Programs Mercy Corps


As a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda I was exposed to many new things, but there was little to prepare me for the use of children as a tool for war in Northern Uganda. It was this knowledge and ignorance that sparked my curiosity to learn more about the field of war and conflict.

I chose SIT’s degree for two reasons. I was intrigued and captivated by the diversity of the student body and the outstanding faculty. I also wanted an institution that incorporated my international experience with the challenges and critical thinking that takes place in academia. Through the coursework and oncampus phase of the CT degree at SIT, I learned that sensitivity and understanding in all levels of society must be understood before any real transformation can be seen.

My degree led to my work with several organizations to put together a policy statement aimed at Congress and the Bush Administration for the Juba Peace Process. The statement addressed important issues, such as disarmament strategies, how to strengthen political dialogue, and the importance of reintegrating former combatants. Through this process I really saw my SIT education unfold before my eyes.

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