Peace and Conflict Studies

Peace and Conflict Studies Receives State Department Grant

The United States Consulate in Jerusalem awarded Prof. Rayman, Director of Peace and Conflict Studies, and a coalition of women’s organizations in Israel with a grant to bring together Palestinian and Israeli women leaders to build trust and leadership capacity for nonviolent social change. 

The idea for the “Women’s Leadership for Nonviolent Action for Change” project was initiated when Prof. Rayman was a Senior Fulbright Fellow with Haifa University in Israel.

As director of the UMass Lowell Peace and Conflict Studies program and the Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture, she has many connections with peace and conflict resolution scholars in the region.

The changing atmosphere in the Middle East energized discussions among peace scholars and activists within Israel and Palestine. “Women will play a critical role in social change,” says Rayman. “UMass Lowell can facilitate other institutions in building multi-dimensional partnerships.”

Three organizations are partners in the proposal:

  • Kayan, which focuses on Arab women in Israel;
  • Shatil, which focuses on Arab-Jewish social change leadership in Israel; and
  • The Parents Circle, which links Palestinians and Israelis who have lost a family member in the conflict.

Prof. Rayman will return to Israel in Spring 2012 to train women peace leaders and help the organizations launch the initiative.