DUBUQUE, Iowa— Loras College, Iowa’s first college, will host its inaugural Peace Institute Aug. 4-6. The three-day camp experience led by Loras students, faculty, and staff, will enable students entering grades nine through 12 to engage with peers from various religious, ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.
“Our neighbors are no longer simply people who live next door, but reach across the globe and whose lives and faith traditions often differ dramatically from our own,” said the Rev. Lindsay James, director of the Loras College Peace Institute. “Differences have the capacity to divide, but they don’t have to. Our global realities paired with the divisions in our own country demand a new approach to forming future leaders.”
Through the use of innovative teaching methods, students attending the Peace Institute will develop skills such as leadership agility in a changing society, inter-religious literacy, and the art of relationship building and repairing, as they work through concepts such as peace with self, peace with others, and peace with the world.
“These are also the kinds of activities that set apart a student when applying to college,” James said.
Sponsors for the Peace Institute include Sisters of Saint Francis, New Melleray Abbey, Sisters of Charity, B.V.M., Sisters of the Presentation, Dubuque Area Congregations United, and the Sinsinawa Dominicans.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.