Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

Marco Barbieri and Nike Start (in hats), Global Peace Exchange Volunteers, with children of the Bukomero Primary School in Rwanda

The goal of the Kerr Intercultural Education and Dialogue Initiative is to create a new generation of public servants and academic leaders committed to human rights and to the resolution of conflict by peaceful means. The Initiative pursues this goal in multiple ways: by providing undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to students from post-conflict and developing nations; by sponsoring seminars and forums on cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution, and human rights issues; and by promoting international service opportunities for students and faculty.