Peace Institute

JULY 23 – 26, 2018

July 23 – 26, 2018

As many faith traditions affirm, 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?

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, & staff, 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.

View 2018 Brochure (PDF)


Applications for the Loras College Peace Institute are now closed. Thank you for your interest, and please consider applying in 2019!

APPLY for the Loras College Peace Institute! We are accepting applications until May 4, 2018. The four day, three night institute is $250 per accepted student, which includes all meals, housing, activities, and materials. Scholarships are available; please inquire if interested. Submit your application today!


Why are you interested in participating in the Loras College Peace Institute? Please email application essays to Brenna Cussen Anglada at


The peace institute will be limited to 30 participants.  In our efforts, we strive to make this experience equitable to all faith and non-faith backgrounds, as well as all socio-economic backgrounds.


If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact


  • Click the Apply Now! button below and submit the online application.
  • Mini Essay: Email a short paragraph or two summarizing why you are interested and would like to be selected for participation in the Loras College Peace Institute.
  • Applications and essays must be received by May 4, 2018.  You will be notified of acceptance shortly after application and essay are reviewed.

2018 Applications are closed


If you know a developing leader who would benefit from the exclusive peace training of Loras College Peace Institute, please email to nominate them.  Scholarship opportunities are available.


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. For more information, contact

Donate to the Peace Institute!

To sponsor a student for $250, please use donate link below and email and indicate that you would like your donation to go toward scholarship money.

Thank You to the following sponsors for supporting the 2018 Loras Peace Institute

  • Archbishop Kucera Center for Catholic Intellectual and Spiritual Life
  • New Melleray Trappist Abbey
  • Dubuque Area Congregations United
  • Sisters of Charity, B.V.M.
  • Sisters of Saint Francis
  • Sisters of the Presentation
  • Sinsinawa Dominicans
  • Dubuque Kiwanis Club
  • Mike and Janet Valder
  • Steve and Cindy Edwards
2018 Peace Institute Schedule

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

Day One: Peace with Self
  • Understanding our own story
  • Meditation and mindfulness exercises
  • Laughter Yoga
  • A Jewish Perspective on Peace
  • Peace Heroes
  • Small Group Discussion
  • Journaling
  • Games, bonfires, laughter!
Day Two: Peace with Community
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Restorative Justice/Peace circles
  • Privilege walk, anti-racism training
  • Exploring the Dubuque Community
  • Cooperative Games
  • A Christian Perspective on Peace
  • Peace Heroes
  • Small Group Discussion
  • Journaling
  • Games, bonfires, laughter!
Day Three: Peace with Creation
  • A Meskwaki Perspective on Peace
  • Meskwaki History
  • Why Eat Local? Eco-Justice at Convivium Urban Gardens
  • Contemplation in Creation at Sinsinawa Mound
  • Peace Heroes
  • Small Group Discussion
  • Journaling
  • Games, bonfires, laughter!
Day Four: Peace with World
  • A Muslim perspective on peace
  • Examples of nonviolence in action
  • Nonviolence training
  • Immigration Simulation / Refugee Experiences
  • Peace Heroes
  • Small Group Discussion
  • Journaling
  • Games, bonfires, laughter!

Questions? Contact Us


Brenna Cussen Anglada  

Brenna Cussen Anglada
Co-Director of Peace Institute
563.588.7056 | click here to email

Eric Anglada  

Eric Anglada
Co-Director of Peace Institute
563.588.7056 | click here to email