Park University and Johnson County Community College to Host Two-Day Peacebuilding Conference

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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Park University and Johnson County (Kan.) Community College have joined forces to host a two-day peacebuilding conference, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5. Admission to the conference is free and open to the public.

The conference, with a theme of “Peacebuilding: Redefining ‘Us vs. Them,’” will explore building and maintaining a lasting peace. The event kicks off on Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m., in Park University’s Park Distance Learning Conference Center, located within the Parkville Commercial Underground. The conference continues on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., in JCCC’s Regnier Center. A variety of Park and JCCC faculty and staff will present a diverse selection of papers, discussions and breakout sessions over the two days.

Once such presentation, on Friday at 3 p.m. by Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., will focus on “Taking the ‘U’ Out of University: The Value of Campus Inclusivity.” Inclusivity is identified as one of the University’s core values as an essential institutional characteristic needed to foster true diversity, teamwork and collaboration. Earlier this year, Gunderson declared the 2016-17 academic year to be the “Year of Inclusion” at Park, with a series of speakers, essays and events to address a variety of topics, including proactive responses for people who feel marginalized, honest dialog to inspire understanding and acceptance, and more.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Fida Hussain Chang, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Sukkur (Pakistan) Institute of Business Administration. Chang will present a talk on “Discovering ‘Them’ in ‘Us’: The View from Pakistan,” on Saturday at 9:15 a.m.

The conference, co-sponsored by the International Relations Council and the Medical Missions Foundation, includes a free lunch for those attendees to Saturday’s session; however, registration is required.

For more information about the peacebuilding conference and to register for Saturday’s lunch, visit