Caux Scholars Alumni
Welcome to the Alumni page, which we plan to develop as a resource and support source for our graduates, responding to the need expressed in Caux during the 2008 Reunion.
Calling all alumni of the Caux Scholars Program!
As activists and lifelong learners in the area of conflict transformation and peacebuilding, you are all invited to an inaugural forum called Towards an Inclusive Peace (TIP), from July 23-26 at the Caux Palace this year.
This forum is the first of its kind run by former Caux Scholars. Not only the two co-coordinators but also five team members are alumni of the program! Therefore, we see Towards an Inclusive Peace as an opportunity to reunite, bring your expertise on board, discuss innovative tools for peacebuilding, and reactivate the network of peacebuilders that Caux Scholars are around the world.
As Caux Scholars, we have experienced first-hand the role that active listening, open dialogue and the willingness to deconstruct our own prejudices plays in bridging differences and bringing people together. The Caux Scholars Program is the embodiment of these values. Values that coupled with your experience can turn into powerful peacebuilding tools.
You are probably aware that fear and misunderstanding create a fertile ground for extremist views to take root, often leading to different levels of extreme behaviour, from becoming involved in divisive, polarizing political parties to acts of self and mass destruction. We believe that extremist narratives can be challenged, and eventually transformed into thoughts and attitudes conducive to peaceful co-existence, if we are all willing to put our grain of sand.
If this resonates with you and your wish is to know how to better address these issues come to Towards an Inclusive Peace. This is not just another ‘talkfest’ gathering of armchair peacemakers and lengthy speeches, but a hands-on sharing and learning opportunity unlike any regular conference you have ever attended. TIP will be a transformative experience for you, personally, and hopefully in the future, for your national and local communities.
Your input, as well as your idealism will be greatly valued by all participants. Your own insights will be greatly enriched by exchanges with the diversity of participants, as you would remember from your own Caux experience. This, and the opportunity to slow down long enough to reflect deeply in surroundings of such stunning natural beauty, is key to the process of positive social change starting with individual change.
You will leave Caux not only with a greater understanding of peace as a living reality in the day-to-day lives of ordinary people and also with practical tools for creating and sustaining that peace.
We are looking forward to your responses.
Reports from the 2014 Caux Scholar Reunion
A Caux Scholar reunion drew 24 alumni from 11 different classes and 19 countries back to Caux. Sessions for them to get to know the 2014 cohort of scholars elicited an engaging buzz.
A news report written by Lamiya Adilgizi (CSP 2013) from Azerbaijan is available on line.
A report from the reunion is published online
If you want to be in touch with Caux Scholars but you need contact information, or you are going to a new part of the world and want to know what other CSP grads are there, or have an interest and want to find others who share it, email Jitka Hromek-Vaitla.
CSP Alumni Scholarship
At the CSP reunion held in Caux in 2008, an alumni focus group agreed on the need for a greater number of participants from countries directly affected by conflict. Our hope is that the recipient of the CSP Alumni Scholarship will return to his/ her home country, after benefiting from training in conflict transformation and peacebuilding, and act as a seed for peace by contributing directly to the peace process. All alumni are asked to donate and fundraise for this scholarship. For more information ...
The Caux Scholars Program welcomes applications from former scholars to be Assistants with the Program. Those interested in applying should send a letter of intent, indicating why they would like to be an Assistant, including what they would hope to gain from the experience of working with Caux Scholars and returning to Caux and what they believe they can contribute.
Our Caux Scholar faculty and staff are ready to give advice, share experience, and support you in a variety of ways. Below we give contact information for a number of the faculty and staff who have served Caux Scholars through the years. If there is someone you would like to contact who is not listed, email Jitka Hromek-Vaitla.
Dr. Barry Hart (wife Vesna Mudri Hart, CSP ’97) is Professor in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA. Email
Michelle LeBaron (daughter Genevieve was CSP 2004) is the Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at the University of British Columbia, CANADA. Email
Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer is Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University, Washington, DC, USA. Email
Samuel Gbaydee Doe is a doctoral candidate at Bradford University, UK, is currently a Development and Reconciliation Advisor with the Office of the Resident Coordinator, UNDP, Sri Lanka. Email
John Katunga is with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as regional technical advisor for peacebuilding and justice in the east Africa regon, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Email
Randy Ruffin is Chair, CSP Advisory Board. She was the CSP Program Director 1994-1998. She is currently living in Virginia, USA. Email
Naila Sherman was CSP Program Director 1999 - 2003. Naila is currently with Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Email
Krista Rigalo was CSP Program Director 2003 – 2006. Krista is currently working with the Peace Corps in Washington, DC, responsible for the Sahel region of Africa. She has recently completed work on her doctoral dissertation from George Mason University’s Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Email
Jitka Hromek-Vaitla is the current CSP Program Director Email