Michelle Cromwell, Assistant Professor of Social and Political
Systems at Pine Manor, will be continuing her peace building work with
Multicultural Village this summer in Trinidad and Costa Rica. This year
a student, Sheila Martinez, from Cromwell's Peace and Conflict
Resolution class will accompany her to work as a Village intern. She
will teach a workshop which she created as well as assist with the
creation of a documentary of the experience. She won a workshop
creation competition which was part of the course requirement and will
present that to the Villagers.
Village is a simulated Village where a community of youth and adults or
adults only from extremely diverse cultural, geographic, ethnic and
social groups have the opportunity to engage in PEACE BUILDING by
having meaningful contact.
During our Villages we
partner youth with adults who are practitioners in the Peace and
Conflict Resolution field so that they will live, learn, grow and
experience new ways to address violence and be socially responsible.
Youth are called Villagers and adults are called Village Elders to
model a traditional Village setting where adults and youth experience
mutual respect, cooperation, trust and positive interaction across
multiple divides. We provide the opportunities where youth can discover
that their strengths and courage go beyond national, cultural or global
patterns and habits. The Village is a place where youth can take a
chance to stretch their minds while making lifelong friends across
racial and cultural divides, learn vital life skills, create a global
impact and have tons of fun.
We also provide similar
Villages for adult groups who want to experience new ways to address
violence, resolve conflicts and learn to be socially responsible and
culturally competent national and global citizens.
Summer 2008 TRINIDAD/ COSTA RICA August 1- 23
Village experience is single session that lasts three weeks. The Summer
of 2008 Village will be based in Cumaca, a small village in the
Northern Range of Trinidad, West Indies. The community action project
will be in San Jose Costa Rica. It will consist of 24 youth from two
ethnic groups with historical animosities and 4 adults who are conflict
resolution and peace practitioners. The three week program consists of:
Week 1 August 3-8: Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Workshops
Villagers will learn crucial life skills through interactive
experiential workshops. They will have opportunities to do core
workshops and also to choose from a buffet of workshops that are of
interest to them.
Week 2- August 11- 17: Joint Venture Initiatives: Community Action
Villagers will travel together to another country to engage in a joint
venture with an International NGO in Costa Rica with local schools
working on Peace building with at risk students. It will enable them to
explore a new culture and gain global insight while engaging in
superordinate goals and creating a common identity.
Week 3 August 19- 23: Reflection through Facing History Facing Ourselves
On returning to home base in Cumaca the Villagers will use the tools
they learned from the previous weeks to engage each other.
Oral tradition and story telling are powerful tools which will be used
to engage all Villagers in speaking the truth for reconciliation and
healing. Exercises serve to break and point out stereotypes or
erroneous assumptions we hold of others. It also addresses the
Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma that has been passes on
through family, community and national stories.
To learn more about Multicultural Village and to help fund the cause, please visit www.multiculturalvillage.org
Mon, May 12, 2008