Caux Scholar Program
Since it began in 1991, the Caux Scholars Program (CSP) has graduated close to 400 students from more than 100 countries. Berea College students, with interest and experience in peace and justice issues, are invited to apply to be a Caux Scholar. In the last 3 years, four Berea College students have been Caux Scholars: 2011, Ismaila Ceesay; 2012: Winnie Arthur and Sai Thiha; and 2013, Sonam Yangzom.
Twenty students from around the world are selected for this four-week course held in Caux, Switzerland, during the Initiatives of Change global summer conferences. The program includes approximately 40 hours of academic classes, seven hours per week of “Service for Leadership” practical work, a field trip to Geneva and participation in the Caux conferences.
The Caux Scholars Program teaches students to analyze a conflict, to understand the factors that create and sustain conflicts, and provide practical understanding of approaches to resolving conflicts – conflict prevention, negotiation and transitional justice.
|Caux 2012: Winnifred Arthur
I am a Botswana-raised Ghanaian currently studying Economics at Berea College in Kentucky. Development has always been an interest of mine, and coming to college in the United States allowed me to explore my interests in depth. I was able to narrow down my interests in all things political to the field of diplomacy. This summer, I was privileged to be one of 19 students to experience a month-long course on conflict transformation – the Caux Scholars Program. I gained a new respect and admiration for on-the-ground peace workers. It was only then that I realized that diplomacy wasn’t the be-all and end-all of peace work. As such, I plan on volunteering for grassroots women’s movements in the East African region upon graduation and before graduate school. I hope to pursue further studies in Diplomacy/Foreign Service in the coming future after I have gained some work experience. The Caux Scholars Program was truly life-changing for me, and it is an experience for which I am truly grateful.
|Caux 2012: Sai Thiha
The Caux Scholars Program is a unique program, which combines academic learning with real world experience. The program also gives students opportunities to do case studies and engage with the leaders of organizations, peace makers, diplomats, government officials, and activists. Many scholars and experts from around the world come to Caux to initiate the global change. The atmosphere of peace and tranquility encouraged me to transform personal conflict experience to the global conflict resolution context.
Caux 2013: Sonam Yangzom
I am one of the twenty four Caux Scholar participants of 2013. I have learned so much from the diversity of backgrounds, culture, interest and experiences. The Caux Scholars Program focused on the themes of justice, conflict transformation, and reconciliation. The training was very intensive and was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I had conversations with people from all over the world who shared my dream of bringing change in the world. The program professors were amazing and taught me so much during this short period of time. I will use this kind of experience and tools in dealing with conflict in my future career. I am doing a nursing course but eventually I want to pursue a lifelong career in public health and social work. My career requires me to deal with people from diverse background and therefore diverse conflicts. After participating in the Caux Scholar’s program, I am much better equipped in understanding different conflicts, methods to resolving conflict and how to prevent causes of conflict. In future, I want to work in a challenging and stimulating environment with opportunity to use my current experience and to enrich my knowledge and enhance my experience in peace building and conflict transformation.