Luther College sophomore Anna Jeide and junior Imsouchivy "G.V." Suos have been selected as Peace Scholars for the 2014-15 academic year. The pair will spend seven weeks this summer studying peace and conflict resolution in Lillehammer and Oslo, Norway.
Luther is one of six colleges founded by Norwegian-American immigrants in the 19th century that sponsors the annual summer Peace Scholars program in Norway. The program is designed to deepen students' understanding of the central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace. Through an application and interview process, students from Augsburg, Augustana (Sioux Falls), Concordia (Moorhead), Luther, Pacific Lutheran and St. Olaf College are selected as Peace Scholars.
Jeide, an English and Spanish major, applied for the program in search of an opportunity to shape her future goals in the work of reconciliation as well as develop a better understanding between diverse groups of people she said, "As a young woman and a person of faith I firmly believe it is my responsibility to make sense of the world and understand people of diverse backgrounds. Dialogue is certainly at the heart of this responsibility. Through the Peace Scholars program I hope to fulfill my obligation as a young global citizen to create understanding between diverse groups of people."
Suos, a business management and economics major, was also drawn to the idea of understanding peace and conflict resolutions, especially in human rights issues and international development. Suos said, "I'm really looking forward to participating in this program and meeting other Peace Scholars who have similar interests in understanding conflict, war and peace."
Jeide and Suos will participate in the program from June 15- Aug. 1.