Meet Our Students, Alumni, and Faculty
Our students come from all over the world, and they engage in a wide range of activities during and after the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program.
Andrea Baker ’15
Planned Giving Associate, American Friends Service Committee
“I think these experiences have helped me better navigate the professional world. The internships helped me narrow down my career goals and interests while study abroad gave me an added level of experience that other job applicants might be missing. The experience abroad also helped me to realize what parts of peace and conflict resolution I was most passionate about as well as my aspirations beyond graduate school.
Christopher Klimovitz ’15
Peace Corps volunteer, Albania
“Through [IPCR] activities and programs I gained hands-on information and real world experience. I gained opportunities that expanded my horizons and have helped me with my work in International Development.”
Chantel Mattiola ’15
Foundations Relations Coordinator, People For the American Way
“Arcadia University’s Master’s program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution is what you make of it. You will receive the resources you need to be successful: guidance from professors, professional skill-building, and access to a network of international peacemakers; however, it is up to you to turn those resources into opportunities.”
William Kuhn ’14
Community Preparedness Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency
“Know that you will view the world differently afterwards. You will have more empathy, respect, tolerance, and appreciation for the unique opportunities conflict can provide. You will be challenged and you will open your mind. Peace and Conflict Resolution is intense but rewarding in knowing how to make a difference rather than simply desiring progress. IPCR is a supportive environment but it demands action from the student. If you want to see change in the world and seek a platform by which to propel yourself into the arena of peace work, IPCR is for you.”
Hannah Simon-Girard ’14 MA-IPCR and MPH
Simon-Girard is a registered nurse (RN), practicing in community health, completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at University of Massachusetts Medical School.
“As a graduate of both Arcadia’s Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Public Health programs, I received mentoring and professional training from faculty across the fields of peace building and population health — most notably Dr. Bill Jacobsen, Dr. Warren Haffar, and Alex Otieno. My global field work experiences in locations such as Cyprus, Ukraine, and Rwanda both challenged and inspired me as a scholar and practitioner to appreciate the complexities of the work and the necessity of remaining intellectually curious and humble. Nowadays, I continue to apply this wisdom and skill set within my program oversight and direct patient care, as a staff nurse as well as a clinical resident pursuing my DNP-FNP, in my current setting at a federally qualified health center. I am regularly reminded in my daily practice of all of the ways that my training in IPCR and Community Health influence my worldview and decision-making for the better. It is a unique gift and responsibility that I carry into the future,” Simon-Girard said.
Stephen Tyson ’13
Founder, JusListen Entertainment and Director of Multimedia, Black Male Development Symposium
“The most valuable aspects of IPCR are the freedom to explore, create, and develop my area of interest. The various professional networking opportunities. And the lifelong friendships I made with the other students in my cohort and within other cohorts. My experiences helped me understand how much Peace and Conflict Resolution work also needs to be done here within the communities in our own country.”
Fodeba Daboh ’11 MA-IPCR
Fodeba Daboh was recently appointed as Director General of the Sierra Leone Local Content Agency by His Excellency the President, Rtd Brig. Dr. Julius Maada Bio. The Sierra Leone Local Content Agency was created in 2016 by the country’s Parliament to support the vast growth of Sierra Leone’s economy. As Director General, Daboh oversees and monitors the compliance of foreign direct investment in Sierra Leone and ensures that local people are included in economic development.
“The key to my work in this new role is to ensure indigenous Sierra Leone citizens are given first consideration and unique opportunities in terms of employment and capacity building… Prior to now, there has been lots of reports that Sierra Leone’s economy has been growing, but it’s not translating to employment and business opportunities for in-country residents,” Daboh said.
A native of Sierra Leone, Daboh fled civil war in the 1990s and arrived in Pennsylvania by the early 2000s. While an IPCR student, his research focused on youth unemployment and conflict in Sierra Leone, and he interned with Heifer International, which focuses on ending global poverty. Since then, Daboh has traveled between the United States and Sierra Leone to give back to his home country.
Meet Our Faculty
Our faculty are expert scholars and practitioners who provide hands-on learning in a supportive, academic community.