On March 28, the U.S. Institute of Peace's (USIP) Director of Public Education Ann-Louis Colgan spoke to Upper School students about her organization and work.
USIP is the nation's nonpartisan institute to promote national security and global stability by reducing violent conflicts abroad. Staff guide peace talks, advise governments, train police and religious leaders, and support community groups opposed to extremism as well as increase the American public's understanding of international conflicts and nonviolent approaches that can be used to resolve them. Public Education extends USIP's longstanding educational work through outreach to new audiences in all 50 states, offering resources and initiatives that bring peacebuilding to life and offer opportunities for engagement with the work of the Institute.
Colgan joined USIP in 2010 after more than a decade working at organizations focused on international human rights issues, peace and conflict, and U.S. foreign policy. Her background includes research and policy work, as well as extensive experience in communications and public education. From human rights organizations to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she managed the high-level Genocide Prevention Task Force and subsequently served as director of the Museum's Academy for Genocide Prevention, Colgan developed and implemented plans to engage policymakers and educate a broad public audience on issues of peace and conflict and other global priorities.
Ms. Colgan was able to speak on campus as a result of the generosity of the David M. van Roijen Speaker Fund.