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Peace and Human Rights Studies at Richland

Richland College is committed to educating for peace, justice, and the abolition of conditions that give rise to violence and war. Programs for students, employees, and the community are offered through the traditional academic curriculum, continuing education, professional development, and teleconferences.

All programs of the Institute are designed to encourage personal growth and wholeness, while at the same time developing the individual's ability to:

  • determine and prevent conditions which give rise to violence
  • promote alternatives to violence and hatred
  • advocate action for rendering justice and making peace


The curriculum enhances each person's capacity to respond to life from a position of peace, responsibility, and nonviolence. Students enrolled in the Peace Studies curriculum will develop and enhance:

  • the capacity to understand the centrality of the conditions which underlie peace: social and economic justice, human rights and freedoms, the right of political participation and decision-making, the importance of environmental stewardship, and the respect for cultural and human diversity.
  • the capacity to live from the center, from a position of wholeness and positive self-worth in order to personally extend qualities of peace to others
  • the capacity to think critically in order to make ethical decisions on personal, societal, and global levels
  • the capacity to develop inner peace and to develop and sustain healthy human relationships overcoming violence with conflict recognition and resolution
  • the capacity to use mediation, conflict recognition, and resolution
  • the capacity to take personal responsibility and action towards making peace