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Peaces Scholars Chosen

AMY KELLY, College Communication and Media Relations director
(218) 299-3642


Two Concordia students, Elizabeth Schaefer ’20, Moorhead, Minn., and Nina Tran ’21, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, will represent Concordia College for the 2019 Peace Scholars Program, underwritten by the support of the Smaby Family Foundation.

The Peace Scholars program, established by Augsburg, Augustana (S.D.), Luther, Pacific Lutheran, St. Olaf and Concordia, was expanded in 2017 to include California State University, Sacramento; and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The program is designed to deepen students' understanding of the central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace.

The scholars will join two students from each of the colleges that make up a consortium for a seven-week seminar in Norway this summer. While in residence at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialog in Lillehammer, Schaefer and Tran will participate in peacemaking dialogue with peers from other regions. They will continue their program with an intensive seminar and additional coursework at the Oslo International Summer School.

Schaefer, a junior majoring in global studies and mathematics, looks forward to learning more about peace particularly the applications of peace studies to international development. 

Tran, a sophomore majoring in mathematical finance, has always been interested in social justice and wants to deepen her understanding about peace and conflicts through the program, and devote her newly learned insights to the campus community upon returning.