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Volume 2, Number 1, Oct 2001

$25 Million Donated to University of San Diego for Construction of Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Philanthropist Joan B. Kroc donated $25 million to the University of San Diego for construction of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. Completion of the 90,000-square-foot facility, which is currently under construction on the west end of the USD campus overlooking the San Diego and Mission bays, is expected by Fall 2001. The goal of the Institute will be to promote world peace and social justice.

For more information about the facility, see the following website: http://peace.sandiego.edu/.

About the Institute's Director

Joyce Neu, Senior Associate Director of the Carter Center Conflict Resolution Program, was appointed the first Director of the Institute. Neu is a conflict resolution specialist who has worked to prevent and end conflict in various parts of the world. In 2000, Neu spent several months in Africa as part of an effort to negotiate disputes between Uganda and Sudan. In the Spring of 2000, she received a Peacemaker/Peacebuilder Award from the National Peace Foundation in Washington DC for her work in the field and in Sudan

Neu holds a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Southern California. She has been an adjunct professor of anthropology at Emory University, has lectured and taught at Penn State University, the University of California at Irvine, and USC, and is a former Peace Corps volunteer. Neu has also consulted on conflict resolution for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Department of Treasury. A former Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Poland, Neu sits on the boards of the Consortium for Conflict Resolution and Negotiation, the International Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, and NeXus.

According to Neu, "I'm pleased to see an institute dedicated to peace and justice in San Diego. It's time that California and Southern California, with its large immigrant population and ties to Mexico and the Pacific Rim, was given the chance to draw on its unique heritage to contribute to our knowledge and practice of peacemaking, justice and conflict resolution. I want to thank Mrs. Kroc for her generous gift to USD. I welcome the opportunity to help the university develop an institute that will put it on the map as a nationally and internationally recognized center for peace and justice studied and peacemaking."
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