USIP & Conflict Management at Kennesaw State

“Humanitarian Assistance, Refugees, & Peacebuilding”

These workshops, supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative, included 3 public events that focused on interventions at different stages of conflict and the real human impact of the work of peacebuilders. The topics and dates were:

(1) Peacekeeping in Humanitarian Emergencies (October 29th, 2013)
(2) Security and Relief Work in Complex Situations (December 2, 2013)
(3) Refugee Resettlement and Self Sufficiency (December 17, 2013)

Each approximately 2-hour workshop focused on key actors, roles, responsibilities, and ultimately their impact upon peace. Panelists included: 
  • Politicians, diplomats, and others who make and enact policy;
  • Peacekeepers/military intervention forces;
  • Humanitarian aid and relief workers;
  • NGO workers engaged in peacebuilding;
  • Scholars with expertise in these topics
  • Civilians who lived in conflict, especially refugees and immigrants.

For more information please contact Dr. Sherrill W. Hayes ( or 770-423-6499)

Story from Kennesaw State College of Humanities and Social Sciences on workshop series

posted Feb 6, 2014, 9:42 AM by Sherrill Hayes

During the Fall 2013 semester, over 175 people attended a three-part public workshop series entitled “Humanitarian Assistance, Refugees, & Peacebuilding” organized by Dr. Sherrill W. Hayes, Director of the Master of Science in Conflict Management, and supported by the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) and Institute for International Education (IIE) Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative ( These workshops included public events held at three different locations around the Metropolitan Atlanta area that focused on interventions at different stages of conflict and the real human impact of the work of peacebuilders. The workshops combined three key focus areas within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State, conflict management, global initiatives, and community engagement.

USIP & Kennesaw State Refugee Resettlement & Self Sufficiency workshop a success!

posted Dec 18, 2013, 9:49 AM by Sherrill Hayes

Thanks to the 8 panelists and the over 40 attendees who came out on a cold December night to the Clarkston Community Center to support the final workshop in our USIP funded series on Refugee Resettlement and Self Sufficiency. We heard some compelling and inspiring personal narratives from professionals working in Metro Atlanta (The IRC, World Relief, BlazeSports) and former refugees and asylees who discussed their experiences coming to the US from Ethiopia, India, and Cambodia. Having both a "long view" from those who came to the US prior to the 1980 Refugee Act and a more recent understanding from those who have arrived and worked in the system since then provided important perspective on how things have evolved in just one generation. Strong themes emerged from the panelists including the clear positive role that refugees play in economy in their first year and beyond, need for both "passion and compassion" expressed by high quality resettlement professionals and volunteers, and the need for creative approaches to helping refugees network and engage in their development of not just economic self sufficiency but also social and cultural adaptation. While this was the last in this initial series, it will not be the final engagement between the partners developed in this series! If you attended as a panelist or just an interested member of the public please feel free to reach out to stay engaged

Dec. 2 workshop on Security & Relief

posted Dec 12, 2013, 8:20 AM by Sherrill Hayes   [ updated Dec 18, 2013, 10:01 AM ]

Panelists at the 2nd workshop  on Security & Relief Work in Complex Humanitarian EmergenciesWe had a great workshop and turnout for the Security & Relief Work workshop on a rainy Tuesday night at the International Rescue Committee Office in Atlanta. Thanks so much to the IRC Atlanta for hosting us.  Thanks again to all the panelists and attendees. 

We heard some interesting stories from the frontlines of the 2004 tsunami in Asia, the former Yugoslavia, and Central Asia. Many of the panelists focused on developing solutions rather than discussing problems in providing relief work, although they were clear that problems abound, and many of those solutions involved better coordination among the many "on the ground" players including military, NGOs, local governments, and international government representatives involved in humanitarian crises. 

Many of the audience members were interesting in learning more, especially on the situation in Syria, or being involved in this work themselves so the questions focused on the future of relief work.

Refugees & Self Sufficiency Workshop Dec. 17th, 2013!

posted Dec 10, 2013, 10:08 AM by Sherrill Hayes   [ updated Dec 18, 2013, 10:06 AM ]

We are excited about the panelists for our final workshop in this USIP funded series! The topic is "Refugee Resettlement & Self Sufficiency" and will feature a range of professionals from high profile organizations working on refugee issues (Carter Center, International Rescue Committee, World Relief, BlazeSports) and several individuals who have been refugees themselves from places around the globe like Cambodia, India, and Ethiopia. In addition, we are pleased to be hosting the workshop at the Clarkston Community Center in the heart of Clarkston, GA, a refugee resettlement community.  The date is December 17th 2013 at 6:30 PM at the Clarkston Community Center 3701 College Ave, Clarkston, GA 30021.

The lineup of panelists includes
  • Tom Crick - Associate Director, Conflict Resolution, The Carter Center 
  • Etsegenet “Mimi” Endale - PhD Student, Kennesaw State
  • S.M. Ghazanfar – Prof./Chair Emeritus, Economics, University of Idaho 
  • Mike Hoffer – Case Manager, World Relief, Atlanta 
  • Bryan Hutcheson - PhD Student, Kennesaw State 
  • Jon McCullough – Executive Director, BlazeSports 
  • J.D McCrary – Executive Director, International Rescue Committee, Atlanta
  • Pranaya Rana - PhD Student, Kennesaw State
  • Thyra Zeits - Student, Kennesaw State University 

For more information or contact Dr. Sherrill W. Hayes, Associate Professor & Director, Master of Science in Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University (770-423-6499).

Security & Relief Workshop TONIGHT 6 PM

posted Dec 2, 2013, 6:48 AM by Sherrill Hayes

The 2nd USIP funded workshop titled "Security and Relief Work in Complex Situations" will be this evening  December 2nd, 2013, 6:00 PM at International Rescue Committee, Atlanta  2305 Parklake Dr., Suite 100 in Atlanta.  More information on this event, including a map, is available here. We are pleased to have the International Rescue Committee Atlanta and the United States Institute of Peace as partners for this event.

Peacekeeping event a success!

posted Oct 30, 2013, 10:39 AM by Sherrill Hayes   [ updated Dec 18, 2013, 10:03 AM ]

Panelists from Peacekeeping in Humanitarian Emergencies From left to right: Pranaya Rana, Deputy Consul General Thomas Wülfing, Col. Bruce Wood, Wim Laven, Bryan Hutcheson, & Sherrill Hayes
Thanks to our panelists and our audience for a great first event! We had around 75 people attend to hear stories and ask questions about best practices in peacekeeping missions (Col. Wood), coordinated peacekeeping efforts in Haiti (Lt. Rana), diplomatic efforts in North Korea, Iraq, and Sri Lanka (Dep. Consul Wülfing); coordinating and securing aid delivery in Afghanistan (Maj. Hutcheson); and coordinating rebuilding villages after the tsunami in Sri Lanka (Mr. Laven).

Panelists from Peacekeeping in Humanitarian Emergencies from left to right: 
Pranaya Rana, Deputy Consul General Thomas Wülfing, Col. Bruce Wood, Wim Laven, Bryan Hutcheson, & Sherrill Hayes

Publicity for Peacekeeping Workshop

posted Oct 25, 2013, 7:41 AM by Sherrill Hayes

Veteran humanitarian crises peacekeepers discuss roles at Kennesaw State forum

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 24, 2013) — A panel of peacekeepers with boots-on-the-ground experience in humanitarian hot spots around the globe will discuss their experiences and perspectives Oct. 29 at the first of a series of Kennesaw State University forums on peacekeeping and peace building during times of crises.

What: The “Peacekeeping in Humanitarian Emergencies” panel discussion will present diplomatic, military and civilian personnel who have worked first hand to maintain peace, safety and security following natural disasters and acts of war. It is organized by Kennesaw State’s Master of Science in Conflict Management Program and funded through a grant from the United States Institute of Peace.

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