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Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace

Mike Siddoway, Associate Dean of the Faculty



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 projects for the summer of 2016 - 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. 

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 involved parties and organizations involved in the project.  The two-page proposal and one-page budget should be submitted electronically to the designated official at each campus.

Please refer to the website for more details:



  • How will this project promote peace and is it compelling?  Davis “encourages 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. “
  • Evidence of background, knowledge, understanding and/or coursework in proposed area 
  • Evidence of having done homework:

- Part 1: contact with organizations on-site

- Part 2: is the budget realistic?

  • Is there a clear goal? Is it feasible? (Can it be accomplished in the span of one summer?)
  • Is the plan flexible? Are the participants adaptable?
  • Is the location the most appropriate one? 
  • Have any safety concerns been addressed (has the group met/talked with the study abroad coordinator about possible issues)? 
  • To what degree will the project’s impact be lasting?


October-November: Students should develop project ideas, check with organizations abroad, if any will be used, about support for the project, draft ideas, and talk with committee members about viability.

Block 2, Second Thursday, October 1st: Informational Meeting

Block 3, Second Thursday, October 29th: Five minute informal preliminary student presentation of projects in an open discussion format.

Block 4, Second Thursday, December 3rd: Ten minute presentation of project proposals. Internal written proposals due. Limited to two pages of proposal and one page of budget.

Block 4 Last week: The committee holds a preliminary meeting to discuss proposals and determines if there are particular questions the committee would like answered about any of the proposals.  These questions are usually sent back to the applicants as the block ends, with request for response in the second week of half-block

Half-Block (end) or Block 5 (one of first three days): The committee meets and compiles all the question responses, re-reads the proposals and determines which proposal will be nominated by the college (almost always will be funded by Davis) and which, if any, proposals should be nominated as an alternate (chosen by committee at Davis Foundation, chances are about one in ten).

Block 5, First week: (if possible) notify the nominee and alternate to begin work on re-writing the proposal

Block 5, Second week: Final version of proposal due to both the Associate Dean of the Faculty and the Director of Faculty Research Support.  The Office of the Dean of the College will send the proposal to Davis by their deadline. 

Block 6, usually as spring break starts: Davis notifies the colleges of its winners, including alternates.

Block 7, First Monday: Nominees must respond to Davis with acceptance or they will be replaced. Work with the Office of the Dean on this.

Spring: Meet with the Associate Dean (Mike Siddoway), Director of Faculty Research (Tess Powers), and Study Abroad Coordinator to discuss (and fill out paperwork) about how you plan to proceed 

Summer: Carry out project

Late August: Draft of final report and budget due to the Office of the Dean.

September: Revisions completed and report with budget and attached photos due in the Office of the Dean before September 10.

 Previous Proposals and Reports

DateName of ProjectRecipient(s)LocationProposalReport

BINAT: Bethlehem Inter-Camp Athletics

Baheya Malaty, Mary Jones Palestine  

The "Shaanti" Project

Tashbid Shafat Sattar Bangladesh  x x

Building Peace through Building People

Ashleigh Don Zimbabwe  x 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

DateName of ProjectProposer(s) Location Proposal
2014 Wadi Climbing: Rock Climb Palestine Tim Brunes, Will Harris Palestine  x
2013 The Tabellah Project: Soccer, Education, and Peace James Earl Kiawoin Liberia  x
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  x
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 

2013 All Colleges List of Projects