Professor Ndura to Discuss Educating for Social Justice and Peace

Posted: April 15, 2014 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: April 16, 2014 at 7:08 am

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Elavie Ndura

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Elavie Ndura, professor in George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development, brings 20 years of educational experience to her Vision Series lecture, to be held Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

Educating for Social Justice and Peace: A Calling and a Journey” will highlight how education provides a heterogeneous space where people of unrelated experiences are brought together. In her talk, Ndura advocates for a reframing of educational policies and practices that “validate human diversity and interconnectedness at all levels of education and in teacher preparation programs,” she says.

Highlighting practical strategies that broaden the ability of education to create empathy and shared experience is important, Ndura notes. She says that effective education builds awareness of “interconnected futures,” and creates a citizenry who see the world with social responsibility. Programs that incorporate service-learning and challenge the policies currently in place are vital and necessary, she adds.

Ndura’s experience in education crosses multiple cultures and pedagogies. Her work focuses on sociocultural issues and conflict resolution in education. She is the founder of the Shinnyo Fellowship for Peacebuilding through Intercultural Dialogue at George Mason.

Ndura is the author and editor of six books, including “Seeds of New Hope: Pan-African Peace Studies for the Twenty-First Century” and “Exploring the Power of Nonviolence: Peace, Politics and Practice.” In addition, her work has been featured in more than 30 book chapters and journal articles.

She received the 2010-11 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the Peace Educator of the Year Award (2011), the 2008 United Burundian Community Association Imboneza Award, and the 2004 Reno-Sparks NAACP Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Award.

Ndura earned a PhD from Northern Arizona University, an MEd from the University of Exeter in England, a graduate certificate in conflict analysis and resolution advanced skills from Mason, and a BA from the University of Burundi.

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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