Working to end identity-based violence, from dangerous speech to genocide, in the US and abroad
Once known as the Carl Wilkens Fellowship, the Pathways for Peace Collaborative develops effective leaders (Pathfinders) and tools that seek to build and strengthen community-based action and sustained political will to address the entire spectrum of identity-based violence, from dangerous speech to genocide. The Collaborative works to challenge informal, cultural norms and formal structures that seek to divide us. Our core values in this work are:
We choose to develop relationships with people of varying identities and help them forge pathways that unite diverse people. We foster connection and fellowship bridging together the wisdom of grassroots and grasstops, sharing resources, and leveraging strengths of communities and organizations.
We empower community-based Pathfinders to identify and address the drivers of conflict in their own communities in order to prevent violence before it begins.
Statements alone cannot fulfill the promise of “Never Again” that was made after the Holocaust. We must drive people to take meaningful and measurable action, locally, nationally, and internationally. Advocacy to end and prevent identity-based violence, mass atrocities, and genocide is a core part of our programming.
Personal and Community Growth
We believe that active reflection of our own language and actions at the personal and community level is an essential part of fostering a more inclusive environment where all identities are seen, heard, and accepted.
Active promotion of peaceful communities through programs and campaigns that are national in reach and can be elaborated upon locally.
Launched in March 2019, the Global Compassion Circle challenges anti-refugee rhetoric and counters Dangerous Speech by creating a circle of compassion and support between people around the world and immigrants, refugees, and the displaced—linked through compassion, understanding, and action. Once involved, members are invited to take action at the personal, community, and international level.
April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. Each year, communities unite together to remember, heal, and take action. iACT works in collaboration with communities, organizations, schools, and leaders in the United States and around the world to raise awareness, support actions that put humanity before politics, and work towards breaking the cycles of violence endemic to communities targeted because of their identity.
Adaptable leadership and community-based tools, workshops, and curricula that can be strengthened and adapted by Pathfinders to meet local needs, both in formal or informal education settings.
iACT and trained Pathfinders lead workshops, presentations, and conferences on identifying and countering Dangerous Speech, ending and preventing genocide, understanding communities to change and create discourse norms, and creating localized action campaigns.
Camp Darfur is an interactive exhibit that engages guests in understanding how identify-based biases can lead to Dangerous Speech and genocide. Schools and communities can choose to add workshops around identity-based violence, crafting community lexicons, and creating discourse norms to their Camp Darfur experience.
Global Citizens is a universal preschool curriculum and set of resources that connects children pre-K to second grade with their peers living in refugee camps. Through empathy-based and developmentally appropriate tools, activities, and resources that meet nationally-recognized preschool learning foundations, this program fosters connection and empathy, and creates the foundation for global ambassadorship at the earliest stages of development in the next generation.
Speech and Dialogue
Purposeful creation of space for Pathfinders to reflect on how words and their delivery impact others. The growth of thoughtful facilitators who pay forward their learnings through dialogue from one-on-one conversations to community-level gatherings.
In 2019, iACT will launch a mindful leadership certification program that equips Pathfinders with tools and resources to reflect on their personal presence as leaders and create safe spaces for communities to heal, live with purpose, and transform their futures. Humanitarians, grassroots leaders, educators, and individuals affected by mass atrocities, their descendants, and allies are welcome to participate in this inaugural Pathfinder certification.
Americans engaged in action
Camp Darfur exhibits
Pathways for Peace Fellows
Global Compassion Circle Members
PATHWAYS OF PEACE
Hate groups in the U.S.
These programs are entirely community-led. They made every decision from which day to run the program to what hours and to who will be on the teaching team each day. The teams are diverse and yet they have committed to working together.
Trust in the process. Trust in the modeling before the explanation. Trust in the people. Trust in the children, and they will trust you.
If there is anything that can foster community between people and across cultures, it is sharing a meal and a cup of tea. While we do that, we will also be sure to sprinkle in some early childhood development, mindfulness, and games!