Anna Seeman
Ayesha Forbes
Ben Preis
Carlota Fernandez-Tubau Rullo
CJ Ghanny
Daniel Brady
Emily Edgerly
Emily Williams
Hannah Deegan
Katy Bullard
Jennine Sawwan
Julia Wedgle
Kate Weine
Kelsey Howe
Kit Collins
Laura Schrier
Mariana Berenguer
Maya Kavaler
Michael Kareff
Morgan Peterson
Natasha Chabria
Rebecca Nelson
Sarah Perlman
SaraMarie Bottaro
Zobella Vinik

Year End Party:

PJS End-of-year celebration for graduating seniors is TODAY Monday, April 27, 4:30 – 6pm, in the Chase Center. The event will be catered. All are welcome!

Hello Everyone! It's hard to believe that time of year is upon us again- but this is the last newsletter of the semester. This is also my final newsletter, as I will be graduating in May. I enjoyed getting to know many of you over the course of the last two and a half years and will miss this place very much. Even though I am not a PJS major thanks for adopting me as one of your own. A huge shout out to Dale for being an amazing co-worker, advisor and friend!

All the very best,


Peace and Justice Studies is hiring a work-study student for next year! If you are interested email with your resume and cover letter

PJS Newsletter - 04/29/15


  • BORN OUT OF STRUGGLE: Critical Race Theory, School Creation and The Politics of Interruption
    a book talk by DR. DAVID STOVALL
  • Today is the last day of the Tufts Tampon Drive for the Somerville Homeless Coalition it is not too late to participate!
  • Interested in getting more involved in the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy? Find out how you can apply to be a Gerald Gill fellow for the 2015-2016 year!
  • Looking for a summer job? Building Educated Leaders for Life is hiring!

Campus News & Events

Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the founding of WILPF, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. There is an exclusive interview of three Nobel Peace Laureates – Mairead Maguire, Leymah Gbowee, and Jody Williams - by Amy Goodman featured on DemocracyNow! When you need an inspiring break from the all the demands of final papers and classes, please screen the show:

BORN OUT OF STRUGGLE: Critical Race Theory, School Creation and The Politics of Interruption
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 4-5:30pm
Lincoln Filene Hall, Rabb Room

David Stovall, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African‐American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His current work has led him to become a member of the Greater Laundale/Little Village School of Social Justice High School design team, which opened in the Fall of 2005. Furthering his work with communities, students, and teachers, Stovall is involved with youth‐centered community organizations in Chicago, New York and the Bay Area. In addition to his duties and responsibilities as an associate professor at UIC, he also serves as a volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice.

African & Medford Perspectives
Thursday, April 30 | 4pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Hall, Tisch College
Light refreshments will be provided

Featuring South African entrepreneur Creesen Naicker, the conversation will also include Tufts researcher Stephanie Gottwald and the MIT Media Lab’s Tinsley Galyean. The Global Literacy Project seeks to address the learning needs of children in chronically underperforming schools, and has done extensive work in South Africa in partnership with the MRP Foundation. Field tests of this innovative effort which recently won Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition has shown something remarkable: children, guided by their own curiosity, can teach themselves early literacy skills using mobile devices.

ENDS TODAY! Tufts Tampon Drive for Somerville Homeless Coalition April 1 - April 27

Lack of access to menstrual hygiene care poses health, safety, and emotional risks for the more than 40 million American women living at or below the poverty line. A year’s supply of tampons and pads for one woman costs upwards of $70 and is not covered by federal food stamp programs.

From now through Monday, April 27th, we will be collecting feminine care products for the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Please bring unopened boxes of tampons and pads of all sizes to any of the following drop-off locations:
Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life (Campus Center)
Latino Center (226 College Ave)
Women’s Center (55 Talbot Ave)
Hillel (220 Packard Ave)
A Phi House (14 Sawyer Ave)
AOPi House (25 Whitfield Rd)
Theta House (94 Curtis St)
Chi O House (106 Pro Row)

Donations can also be made at
100% of proceeds will be used to purchase feminine products to be donated to the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Sponsored by Kappa Alpha Theta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Vitality, Strong Women Strong Girls, the Women’s Center, and VOX.

Please email with any questions or concerns.

Take Action to Stop Fast Track & the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free trade agreement that currently spans 12 countries from the Americas to the Asian Pacific and 40% of the global economy. With options for other countries to join on later, it’s projected that eventually one-half of all countries could be part of the TPP.

This disastrous trade policy would affect food, fishing, agriculture, environmental safeguards, energy extraction, retail goods, and banking – literally all sectors of our lives.

And now some law makers are trying to pass a bill to hand over their own Constitutional authority to debate and modify trade law using a process called “Fast Track.” If Fast Track authority is approved, the TPP could be signed before Congress even gets a chance to see the provisions included and vote on it.

It’s time to take back control of our trade policy. Join us and tell Congress to stop Fast Track and oppose the TPP today!

Funding & Other Opportunities

Apply for Bridge Education Abroad (BEA) Institute program in South Africa!
BEA Institute in South Africa is giving away $100,000 USD in scholarships to study abroad this summer (2015). Apply Today, March 10th is the priority deadline and spots are filling up quickly!

Bridge Education Abroad Institute (BEA) offers the most valued leadership, diplomacy and conflict resolutions programs to be held this summer in South Africa. BEA professors are from some of the best universities in the world.
Go to the following for the application and more info about the BEA organization:

Rising Sophomores: Support Voter Mobilization and Issue Activism
Applications due May 1

Tisch College is accepting applications for rising sophomores interested in serving as “ambassadors” for the Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere program. This is a multi-year initiative. Students are expected to work on voter mobilization and education, issue activism, mentoring future ambassadors, and carrying the message of Andrew Goodman and others who risked and even lost their lives to advance civil rights in the U.S. during the Freedom Summer, 1964. Ambassadors are responsible for working together and with ambassadors on other campuses, and must dedicate between 5 and 10 hours a week. Ambassadors receive a $1000 annual stipend and money to support campus and community activities. The application is available here. Please send the completed form to Nancy Thomas ( by May 1.

City Internships is a leading experiential education provider offering programs in London, New York and Los Angeles. The global program is structured around an eight-week internship placement with a leading company and includes weekly career seminars, resume workshops, professional networking events and social evenings. The program has a history of significantly enhancing participants' career prospects: many future employers reference this formative experience as a primary reason for hiring program alumni.

To benefit from the $200 scholarship to be used towards the global
internship program, applicants should select 'other' on page three of the application process<
c717b6de52f5e36ab11&id=b0322a24f2&e=40056b022c> and enter the codeTufts200. Please note that this code will expire at midnight on 04/27/2015, so students should act quickly to take advantage of this time-limited opportunity.

Apply to be a 2015-16 Gill Fellow at the CSRD!
Applications open until May 1st, 2015

Are you interested in becoming a Gerald Gill Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy?

Applications for the fellowship are now open until May 1, 2015. These research fellowships are open to both undergraduate and graduate Tufts students and last for the full duration of the 2015-2016 academic year. Fellows design their own research projects related to race and democracy, meet regularly for group discussions, and are mentored by the CSRD Director, Professor Peniel Joseph.

More information about the program and the application materials are available on our website at: Please feel free to share this information with any interested students. Please contact Theresa Sullivan with any questions.

Online Guide to Peace and Conflict Studies Programs (undergraduate and graduate)
This is a list of online links to undergraduate and graduate peace and conflict programmatic listings.
Click here to access resources

Conferences, Workshops& Study Abroad

State of Asian Women's Health in MA Conference
Thursday, May 14, 8:30am - 3:30pm
Impact Hub Boston (50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109)

FREE (breakfast & lunch provided)
Keynote Dr. Karen Freund, Associate Director for Research Collaboration at Tufts CTSI
RSVP by 4/30:
For more info, email

This year’s theme is Community, Campus, Clinical Linkage. The goals are below:
1) Engage and educate key stakeholders about Asian health disparities by sharing data and showcasing best practices
2) Provide a platform for information exchange and discussion
3) Facilitate cross-sectoral collaborations and strengthen partnerships between community based organizations, service providers, academic institutions and public health agencies.

New Field Studies Program in Scotland with CELL and the Findhorn Foundation

Join us for an unforgettable study abroad experience and the adventure of a lifetime while learning how to live sustainably.

Go beyond traditional study abroad programs. Be a part of local and global solutions to environmental, social, and economic problems. Experience some of the world¹s most inspiring examples of community sustainability from organizations like Heifer International. Learn experientially and through service learning opportunities that integrate classroom knowledge with real-world applications.

The world has great need of people who not only understand what
sustainability is all about, but who are committed to making a difference in the world. The world has a great need of people like you.

Our newest program is a two-week Maymester in beautiful Scotland, designed in collaboration with the Findhorn Foundation.

Sophomores: Apply to be a Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow in summer 2015!

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program is a fully paid, five and a half week summer residential program for rising juniors who desire to make a difference. The program invites rising third-year students from diverse academic disciplines to join us near Washington, D.C. to immerse themselves in a leadership development program inspired by George Washington and today’s foremost leaders. This select, small cohort will engage in dynamic leadership education curriculum, interact with nationally recognized corporate, government, and military leaders in the nation’s capital; and discover how to change the world through self-reflection, exciting experiential activities, and a community service-focused capstone project.

Go to the following website for more info:

International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE): Tensions and Opportunities
June 17 – 22, 2015

Hosted by The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution,
George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, USA
The 2015 conference builds upon prior conferences in 2004 - 2014 in Ohio and Virginia, which brought together government representatives from among the 50 states and around the globe and their non-governmental organization partners who have legislation or policies in conflict resolution education and related fields. The annual audience includes college/university educators and students, K-12 educators, prevention specialists, and state, local, national and international policy makers.
Online Registration Now Open!
Short link to this page:


Apply for Student PIRGs
The Student PIRGs are hiring Campus Organizers to fight for social change at 40 colleges across the country. Today, on any college campus, you can find students who feel driven to take on problems outside the classroom, whether it's global warming, big money in politics, or hunger and homelessness.

As a PIRG Campus Organizer, your job is to recruit these students to get involved -- and to train them to be effective leaders who can run campaigns that make an impact in the community, in the state capitol, in Congress, at the White House, or wherever it will make a difference.

For more information, contact Nathan Broad at or (813)-849-3220.

Apply for an internship at YouthBuild USA!
Seeking summer intern at YouthBuild!

YouthBuild USA, Inc.,, based in Somerville, MA, is the non-profit support center for over 250 local YouthBuild programs operating in 45 states and the District of Columbia. It also sponsors the YouthBuild International effort that has generated over 100 local YouthBuild programs in 14 countries worldwide. Since the YouthBuild program was first authorized into public law as a federal program in 1992, over 130,000 YouthBuild students have produced over 28,000 units of affordable housing. YouthBuild is actively engaged in efforts to address issues of poverty and opportunity for the estimated 2.3 million low income Americans ages 16-24 who are not currently in education, employment or training.

The advocacy and public policy team at YouthBuild USA, Inc., is offering a summer internship position. The intern will report to David Abromowitz, the Chief Public Policy Officer of YouthBuild USA, and work closely with all members of the advocacy team at YouthBuild USA. The intern will work on a variety of issues related to the YouthBuild mission. The intern will work on a variety of Federal policies and legislation dealing with criminal justice, "second chance" programs, workforce development and service opportunities for low income youth. Similarly, there will be state level policy and legislative review and analysis on a comparable range of issues and YouthBuild programs and opportunity youth. The position is unpaid – interns will need to arrange their own funding or course credit.

Send your resume and cover letter to David Abromowitz at to apply, or with any questions or concerns about this position.

SENIORS: Green Corps is looking for college graduates for their year-long program!

In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, read on or visit .

Building Educated Leaders for Life seeking TAs for paid summer job!
Interested in a paid summer job working with Boston Public School students? Apply to be a Teaching Assistant or Program Assistant with BELL, the Building Educated Leaders for Life program!
BELL exists to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced, urban communities.

BELL runs summer-enrichment programs (a hybrid of summer-school and summer-camp) for English Language Learners and Native English speakers, both of which run for 5 weeks, from June 29th 2015 - August 7th 2015. They're located at schools in various locations in the Greater Boston area, including: Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan & Allston/Brighton.

Please reach out to Maya Taft-Morales, a Tufts senior who worked with BELL last summer with any questions about her personal experience at To see the entire job description and apply, go to

SENIORS: Match Education seeking teachers-in-training!

This teacher training program was recently recognized by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for its innovation. Program participants receive training on how to become highly effective first-year teachers (there is a near 100% placement rate in high performing urban schools). In addition, teacher residents receive housing and a living stipend while completing their Master’s. The teacher residency is only available in Boston, but there are tutoring opportunities (for those just looking to do an urban education gap year) also available in Boston.

Here are some links that you may be interested in: Match Education’s “About Us” page, Our Graduate School of Education, Info on our 1-Year Tutoring Program.

We’re looking for seniors who either (1) want to spend a year working closely with students in Boston while training to be a teacher, OR (2) want to spend a year in Boston working closely with students before heading off to grad school or another career. You can contact our recruiting team directly at

If you are interested in browsing through development jobs to get an idea of what kind of career options are available for PJS majors, visit DevEx's website, where they have the most comprehensive listing of international development, global health, and humanitarian aid jobs:



Finally, a climate change game you’d actually want to play
(From Grist By Amelia Urry on 23 Apr 2015 )
The game/book/art project is called Earth Primer, and it walks you through the geological forces that shape our planet, from the movement of magma boiling at its core to the mechanics of the glaciers sliding over its surface. Each page bears a brief paragraph outlining the basic science, but mostly the explanations are a frame for animated dioramas where you can apply these concepts for yourself. You can build mountains and dig out lakes, or shape sand dunes using the wind like a paintbrush. You can pour rain down on the imaginary landscape until it melts away (technically erode), and watch forests grow and die in a matter of seconds.
Click here for more.

Where, oh where, do regional organizations fit in the international humanitarian system?
( Brookings,by Elizabeth Ferris | April 17, 2015)
The international humanitarian system is presently over-stretched with multiple mega-crises requiring not only billions of dollars, but creative attention from harried policymakers. From Iraq to Syria to Ukraine to South Sudan to Ebola (not to mention Myanmar, Libya, the Central African Republic, Somalia, and dozens of others), the past year has been a disaster for the disaster community.

It is time to re-think the fragile, imperfect international humanitarian system—a task which is incredibly difficult as those needed to do the creative thinking are bogged down in responding to too many crises. It’s like asking a fire department to step back from a four-alarm blaze and ‘reflect on the big picture.’ Nonetheless the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is trying to do just that.
Click here for more.

The next outbreak? We’re not ready
(TED2015 TED2015 · 8:32 · Filmed Mar 2015)
In 2014, the world avoided a global outbreak of Ebola, thanks to thousands of selfless health workers — plus, frankly, some very good luck. In hindsight, we know what we should have done better. So, now's the time, Bill Gates suggests, to put all our good ideas into practice, from scenario planning to vaccine research to health worker training. As he says, "There's no need to panic ... but we need to get going."
Click here for more

'Mothers Schools' to Working With Police: Women Prevent Violent Extremism
(From USIP Wednesday, March 18, 2015 By: Viola Gienger)
The helplessness pours out of a crying mother in India, so silenced by patriarchal traditions that she’s afraid to speak up about the risk that her son might be drawn to radicalism. Continents away in Nigeria, police officers are ashamed to admit the poor working conditions that weaken their ability and motivation to protect their communities. The seemingly disparate scenes are elements of the same puzzle – how to combat violent extremism. And in both countries, local women activists are putting the pieces together.
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