Peace Institute

JULY 25 – 28, 2021

COVID-19 Update: Loras College plans to host the Peace Institute in person this July. We are committed to the safety and well-being of all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors and have adopted a state of proactive preparedness. Loras College is working closely with local, state and national health officials to monitor the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. We are aware of how quickly this illness has spread and take this potential threat seriously. We will continue to do our best to ensure the campus is safe and informed.

July 25 – 28, 2021

Our world is deeply and beautifully interconnected. While this means that each of us has the opportunity to participate in and celebrate our common life, it also means that the horrific realities of violence and injustice in our society continue to be brought home to our doorsteps, perhaps now more urgently than ever. How can we respond?

I’ve learned that peace is gradual and takes time. You start with yourself and work your way up to the world.” —Participant, 2019


The Loras College Peace Institute is a four-day camp experience that teaches leadership and peace-building to high school-aged youth, empowering students with skills in self-awareness, relationship building and repairing, and inter-religious literacy. Guided by Loras students, faculty, and staff, and Dubuque community leaders, participants will learn concrete strategies that will not only enable them to be more aware of themselves and the issues facing our world, but also equip them to be a positive force to create stronger, healthier communities. Students will engage with peers from various religious, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds as they together discover paths to peace with self, with community, with creation, and with the world.

I am so impressed with the Peace Institute. [My son] told me he didn’t want to leave… I think you have an opportunity to really make a difference in people’s lives and in turn, make a difference in the world.” —Mother of Participant


The Peace Institute welcomes participants of all backgrounds and identities. We strive to make this experience equitable to high-school students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The attendance fee is on a sliding scale and need-based awards are available. View sample 2019 Peace Institute schedule.


To apply, fill out and submit the application form below. Be sure to include a short 1-2 paragraph answer to the questions listed at the end of the form.



Peace Institute Application
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Application Essay

Why are you interested in participating in the Loras College Peace Institute? Please answer in 1-2 paragraphs.




Get Involved!  Consider volunteering, donating, or sponsoring someone to attend. Your contribution will support our mission of equipping peace leaders throughout the tri-state area to have a lasting impact on their communities. Supping peace leaders throughout the tri-state area to have a lasting impact on their communities. To sponsor a student, please contact


High School Teachers/Guidance Counselors: Nominate your students to apply to Loras Peace Institute! Let your students know that you notice a demonstration of leadership in/commitment to/passion for issues of justice and peace, and that you think they should apply for this wonderful opportunity! You can print out our nomination certificate in MSWord format, PDF format or create one of your own.  Scholarship opportunities are available.

Nomination Certificate

Thank You to the following sponsors for supporting the 2019 Loras Peace Institute

  • Sinsinawa Dominicans
  • Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
  • Archbishop Kucera Center for Catholic Intellectual and Spiritual Life
  • Richard and Melissa Brown
  • Stacia and David McDermott
  • Sisters of Charity, B.V.M.
  • Stephen and Cynthia Edwards
  • Michael and Janet Valder
Sample Peace Institute Schedule (2019)

We’ll explore concepts such as peace with self, peace with community, peace with creation & peace with the world. 

Day One: Peace with Self
  • The Integral Wheel of Peace
  • Understanding our own story
  • Mindfulness exercises at Sinsinawa Mound
  • Why interfaith dialogue advances peace in the world
  • A Jewish Perspective on Peace
  • Laughter Yoga
Day Two: Peace with Community
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Team-building/Trust-building activities
  • Restorative Justice
  • Racial Justice
  • A Christian Perspective on Peace
Day Three: Peace with World
  • Examples of nonviolence in action
  • A Muslim perspective on peace
  • Putting Peace into Practice
Every Day: Peace Heroes
  • Peace Heroes
  • Small Group Discussion
  • Games, bonfires, laughter!