Traprock/GCC Partnership for Peace Education
Traprock has partnered with the Peace, Justice, and Environmental Studies Program at Greenfield Community College in the spirit of furthering our common goals of a world in which human and ecological security are achieved through peaceful means and of augmenting the capacity of each organization. Specifically, we jointly sponsor an annual speakers series, Roots of Peace, with talks held at Sloan Theater. We have placed our video and book library with the Peace Studies Program and GCC library for student, faculty, staff and community use. And we are building together a center for peace education for regional teachers and others located at GCC. Other forward-looking collaborative projects, including an annual 3-day Peace Leadership Academy beginning in June 2012, are in the works. We have designated our collaboration the Traprock Peace Education Center at GCC and joined our boards to do our planning together.
Community-college partnerships, such as ours, have been a highly fruitful model supported for more than a decade by government and private foundations to advance community organizations’ social goals and to give colleges reach into and relevance to their communities. The Traprock/GCC partnership builds on the best of this tradition.