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OSU Peace Studies recognizes those OSU students who are using their knowledge and skills from Peace Studies courses to change the world. Meet some of our recent Peace Scholars:
Cody Donahue '05
What did the Peace Studies Program mean to me?
Since graduating from OSU in 2005, I have consistently made use of the skills and knowledge I developed by participating in the OSU Peace Studies Program to advance my work in the field of international sustainable development. From my roles at NGOs in Africa to my current work with UNICEF headquarters in New York, I have relied on peace studies competencies such as critical analysis of development and social issues from a holistic and systems-based perspective.
I’ve found that it is very important to link all work on social change back to its implications for human peace and human security—whether it be in conflict context in Somalia or a stable democracy like Mali. Most essential have been the negotiation skills I learned through the program: from working with donors to maximizing partnerships, from collaborating with government counterparts to ensuring programs are designed with the most successful strategies, the negotiation techniques I learned in the Peace Studies Program have made me a more effective leader and activist.
Zachary Dunn '12
Graduation: June 2012
Master's of Public Policy and Laurel's Scholarship recipient.
I came to OSU to pursue a degree in Engineering. However, college quickly become much more to me than simply a means to a degree. I started asking myself questions about my responsibility to society and what kind of impact I would like to make in the world. The Peace Studies program helped me to clarify these questions and to begin to seek answers. As an engineer, I see myself as a problem solver. Peace Studies has prompted me to think more broadly by asking the question: what problems need to be solved. This has led to the study of issues such as globalization, sustainability, and global justice. As a privileged member of society, I believe it is my responsibility to take on such issues and develop effective solutions.
For over two years now, I have utilized my skills as an engineer and the lessons I learned from Peace Studies as a member of Engineers Without Borders. Through this organization, I have had the opportunity to travel abroad and work on a water accessibility project in Kenya. The field of Peace Studies, concerned with issue such as global justice, has helped me to put this work in perspective. It has served as the foundation upon with I have developed a conceptual model of the world and how I would like to develop a professional career. I highly recommend the Peace Studies program to anyone who seeks to make a positive change in the world.