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Professor Cindy Epperson selected to participate in United States Institute for Peace seminar

May 14, 2008

Epperson - selected to parrticipate in US Institute for Peace seminar  
Professor Cindy Epperson

Cindy Epperson, associate professor of sociology and coordinator of the Global Studies program at Meramec has been selected to participate in the seminar "Global Peace and Security in Community Colleges and the Communities They Serve." Sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress, the seminar is intended to give community college faculty and administrators an opportunity to carefully examine the nature of international peace and security and to address how community colleges can relate this to the constituencies they serve.

Selection for participation in a USIP seminar is competitive, but Epperson is convinced it was worth her efforts to apply: "This is a wonderful opportunity," explained Epperson. "I plan to use knowledge I gain and the materials presented at the seminar to enhance the courses I teach--in particular, Universal Human Rights and Introduction to Sociology. I will be provided with up-to-date information on global peace and security and the 'how-to' knowledge for St. Louis Community College to become a integral player in global issues."

Epperson, who is the president of the Missouri Community College Association, said she plans to share the experience and information she gains at the seminar with the twelve community college districts in the state of Missouri, thereby, giving Missouri community colleges the opportunity to become a partner in global peace and security issues.

The goals of USIP are to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase conflict management capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. The Institute does this by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by directly engaging in peace-building efforts around the globe. The seminar "Global Peace and Security in Community Colleges and the Communities They Serve" takes place early this summer.