Peace Institute

JULY 26 – 30, 2020

July 26 – 30, 2020

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

Sample 2019 Peace Institute Schedule


APPLY for the Loras College Peace Institute! We are accepting applications until May 1, 2020. The five day, four night institute is $395 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 1-2 short paragraphs to Hannah Eby at


The Peace Institute will be limited to 25 participants.  We strive to make this experience equitable to all faith and non-faith backgrounds, as well as all socio-economic backgrounds.

“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


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 1st.  You will be notified of acceptance shortly after application and essay are reviewed.

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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


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

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 Creation
  • A Meskwaki Perspective on Peace
  • Meskwaki History
  • Food Justice at Convivium Urban Gardens
  • Sustainable living at St. Isidore Catholic Worker Farm
Day Four: 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!
Peace Institute Application
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Application Essay:

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Scholarships Available

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Loras College Department Staff

Stacia McDermott
Director Spiritual Life and Peace and Justice
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Stacia grew up in the suburbs of Chicago before attending Loras College, earning her undergraduate degree in social work. After graduation, Stacia did the post-graduate service program, Holy Cross Associates in Colorado Springs, working at an interfaith organization that helped meet people’s basic needs. Upon completion of the program she spent a year living at Hope House Catholic Worker in Dubuque. After getting married to her college sweetheart, Stacia spent five years working at St. Anthony’s parish as the Youth Formation Coordinator and writing curriculum for various faith-based websites including the Center for Ministry Development and Vibrant Faith. Stacia returned to Loras in 2012 to direct the Fr. Ray Herman Peace and Justice Center and started the Loras College Peace Institute in 2017, which is a summer camp-like experience for high school youth. She serves on the board of Children of Abraham, an interfaith group in Dubuque and loves being with her husband, three children, acting in a local theater troupe, spending time in nature, and frequenting local coffee shops.

Hannah Eby
Coordinator of Peace, Justice and Service