Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace



Important Dates 

Oct. 9th (1:00-1:45pm)

Info Session Option 1, CCE House 1008 N. Weber, RSVP here

October 10th (3:30pm-4:15pm)


Info Session Option 2, CCE House 1008 N. Weber, RSVP here 
November 5th (midnight) Intent to Propose Due (Submit here)
November 9th (1:00-3:30 pm) Feedback Session with Committee, CCE House
December 3rd (midnight) Applications Due (submit here)
December 13th (2:00-3:30 pm) Presentations to Committee, CCE House

If you are interested in being part of the process, please email Sarah Elsey, CCE Student Engagement Coordinator. 


Upon the occasion of her 100th birthday, international philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis chose to celebrate by committing $1 million to Projects for Peace.

The following information is taken from the Davis Projects for Peace website:

Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program partner schools to design grassroots summer projects - anywhere in the world - which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers which cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace. Through a competition on over 90 campuses, projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.

We hope to encourage student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution or reconciliation. Some of the most compelling projects to date have reflected one or more of the following characteristics: contributing to conflict prevention; ameliorating conditions leading to violence/conflict; looking for and building on shared attributes among differing peoples, races, ethnicities, tribes, clans, etc.; fostering diplomacy or otherwise contribute to advancing peace processes underway; promoting economic opportunity and entrepreneurship among those in post-conflict areas; finding creative ways to bring people on opposite sides of issues together, such as through art, sports, music or other techniques to promote a common humanity; developing leadership and mediation skills training for those in conflict or post-conflict societies; starting or leveraging initiatives, organizations (e.g. education, health) or infrastructure projects to build/rebuild community.


Each year, Colorado College is invited to submit one proposal to the Davis Foundation for consideration, as well as an alternate proposal.

To be considered, a student (or group of students) must prepare a written statement which describes the project (who, what, where, how) including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages) as well as a budget (one separate page).

All written project proposals require a heading to include the following: name of the participating institution, name of all student participants, title of project, country where the project will be take place. Proposals should include pre-approval of all parties and organizations involved in the project. The two-page proposal and one-page budget should be submitted electronically via Summit (coming soon).

Please refer to the website for more details: http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org.

The selection committee is comprised of faculty and staff across campus who have experience and knowledge to help applicants strengthen their proposal. You are encouraged to leverage these resources and reach out for mentorship and guidance!

Davis Projects for Peace Selection Committee

  1. Jordan Travis Radke, CCE Director & Sociologist
  2. Laura Hines, Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
  3. Samilja Heim, Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
  4. Kate Holbrook, Chaplain
  5. Heather Powell Browne, Assistant Director of Global Education
  6. Mike Siddoway, Professor of Math and Computer Science
  7. Sarah Elsey, Student Engagement Coordinator, CCE


In 2015-16, the recipients of the Davis Projects for Peace grant attempted to address strained relations between local Nepalis and Tibetan refugees living in Dhunche, Nepal through the creation of various extracurricular programs for youth.


The selection committee will evaluate proposed projects according to the following dimensions:

Following the recommendations of the Davis Foundation, proposals will be assessed according to five key dimensions: preparation, implementation, outcomes, sustainability and feasibility. Below, applicants can find the types of questions that the committee will use to evaluate the strength of proposals within these dimensions.

Preparation - To what extent do students' knowledge, relationships, skills, and personal narratives prepare them for the project?

  • To what extent do students have place-based, local, contextualized knowledge? Or, to what extent can students draw on relationships with individuals or organizations with such knowledge?
  • To what extent was the project co-designed with community members/organizations in order to leverage local expertise, and under the guidance of academic mentors?
  • To what extent do students have the capacities needed to implement the project?
  • To what extent do students' personal backgrounds and identities prepare them for the project?

Implementation - To what extent does the project follow best practices of community-engaged work?

  • To what extent does the project…
    1. address community-driven needs, those identified by the people most impacted by the issue?
    2. engage local citizens and organizations as collaborators in the design and implementation of the project?
    3. provide opportunity for community-building among diverse stakeholders?
  • To what extent is the project …
    1. asset-based, building on existing ideas, initiatives, organizations, relationships, or structures within communities?
    2. place-based, in which the location of the project is justified by the need (rather than vice versa)?
  • To what extent is the plan thorough and comprehensive, detailed and practical?
  • To what extent does the project acknowledge the complexity and nuance of the social world? Can the plan adjust to unforeseen circumstances and challenges, and are the applicants adaptable?

Outcomes - To what degree can the project meaningfully influence communities and student participants?

  • To what extent can the project "promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties"?
  • To what extent does the project provide opportunity for student development and growth, building students' capacities as engaged citizens?

Sustainability - To what extent can the project lay the groundwork for more long-term, sustainable work?

  • To what extent do applicants propose a thoughtful, realistic plan to transition the project into a sustainable initiative (if assessment of the project supports this need)?
  • To what extent does the project enable the local community to continue the work?
  • To what degree will the project's impact be lasting?

Feasibility - To what degree can applicants do what they propose to do?

  • To what extent are the goals of the project obtainable?
  • To what extent is the project design, timeline, and budget realistic?
  • To what extent is the project safe? Does the project minimize risk for all stakeholders?

Previous Proposals and Reports

Date Name of Project Recipient(s) Location Proposal Report


Painting for Peace Cormac Mccrimmon, Andres Madrigal and Manuel Uribe  Salvador, Brazil 

Available by request, please email cce@coloradocollege.edu


Moving the Needle: Conversations About Gun Safety and Suicide Prevention Maddi Schink and Fer Juarez Duran Colorado 

Available by request, please email cce@coloradocollege.edu


Cultivating Youth Advocacy: Civics Education in Colorado

Deksyos Damtew, Ben Gellman Colorado




Digital Storytelling by Sex Workers in Singapore (Postponed or Cancelled)

Fiachra MacFadden Singapore

Available by request. Please email cce@coloradocollege.edu


Sumak Kawsay: Peace and the Writing Experience

Megan Bott, Jessica Ramos Ecuador




Los Pocitos Outdoor Community Center

Mitra Ghaffari, Evyn Papworth Cuba



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Chaupimonte Community Mill: Supporting Education Through Coffee Development in Oxapampa

Lucy Marshall, Eva Mckinsey Peru x x

A Generation for Peace: Creating Opportunities for Nepali-Tibetan Youth Engagement

James Daudon, Anna Kelly and Lauren Schmidt Nepal x x

BINAT: Bethlehem Inter-Camp Athletics

Baheya Malaty, Mary Jones Palestine x x

The "Shaanti" Project

Tashbid Shafat Sattar Bangladesh x x

Building Peace through Building People

Ashleigh Don Zimbabwe Unavailable Unavailable

Viajana Amkeni Sasa Initiative: Creating a Peaceful Society in Kenya

Benjamin Munyao, Collins Mukaria, Eddy Oketch Kenya x x
2011 The Zuia! Initiative Akie Mochizuki, Nikhil Ranadive, Melissa Serafin Kenya x x
2010 Ain't No Stoppin' Da Bus: Travelling Art Workshops for Peace Shire Brown, Eddie Hazera, Jody Joyner USA x x
2009 The Prozor Project Joseph Hauck, Max Stein, Antonio Skarica, Melissa Serafin Bosnia x x
2008 Solar Water Disinfection Valerie Grosscup, Jonathan Spear Ecuador x x
2008 Cover One in Honduras: Promoting Athletics and Healthcare Ericka Baer, Alina Ford, Max Green, Misael Fernandez, Jocelyn Corbett, Jason Steiert, Billy Blaustein Honduras x x
2007 Unheard Voices for Peace Michael Shum Nigeria x x

Excellent (but unfunded) Proposals

Date Name of Project Proposer(s) Location Proposal
2017 The Play to Love, Play to Learn Project Annika Kastetter, Mayss Al Alami Jordan x
2016 Sewing the Seeds of Peace Mostafa Hatem Mostafa Zaki- Taha Egypt x

Wadi Climbing: Rock Climb Palestine

Tim Brunes, Will Harris Palestine Unavailable
2013 The Tabellah Project: Soccer, Education, and Peace James Earl Kiawoin Liberia Unavailable
2012 Adventures in Interfaith Understanding Lindsey Pointer, Sam Seiniger Colorado x
2011 Out of the Cloud: Promoting Peace and Sustainability in Peru through Interactive Education Bernadette Stocker, Utsarga Bhattarai Peru Unavailable
2010 Empowerment Through Edible Forestry Athena Mikros, Riley Hawkins Uganda x
2009 Converting Livestock Manure into a Fuel Source for Thai Ethnic Tribes Liza Mitchell, Phillip Sasser, Julianne Kellogg Thailand x
2009 Movement Towards Peace for the People of Tonga Rosey Puloka, Amy Rubin, Emily Houston, Madison Moross, Caroline Janeway Tonga x
2008 Storytelling: Striving for Peace Through Shared Experience Elizabeth Gessinger, Rachel Johnson, Jacob Reuter South Africa x

2017 All Colleges List of Projects

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