Message from the Dean

Welcome to a New Academic Year

Dean Márquez with the 2017 MAPJ Cohort

The new academic year finds us celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Kroc School.  It is a year to reflect on our achievements in learning, scholarship and practice, offering opportunities to co-design new possibilities in changemaking education with students, faculty, administrators, partners and the community at large.

We live in a world asking that we—educators and institutions of higher learning—prepare best talent to lead purposeful and productive careers and to solve humanities greatest challenges. At the Kroc School we respond with growth in our programs and a renewed sense of urgency in preparing creative thinkers, moral imaginers and problem solvers. Our next decade starts with the largest cohort of students in the Master of Arts in Peace and Justice (MAPJ) in our history. MAPJ students come from various parts of the world, including conflict-afflicted zones in Iraq, Ethiopia and Kenya. These students with diverse backgrounds are united by a passion for changemaking and a quest to gain knowledge and skills to innovate in peace and justice in whatever career path they choose to pursue.

This year we welcome for the first time students in the new Master of Arts in Social Innovation (MASI). It is impossible to miss their readiness to immerse themselves in global challenges and design solutions to address them.

The present is a moment of rapidly changing dynamics affecting local, national and international spheres in multiple intricate ways. Many of these are very difficult to understand. Situations like the refugee crisis remain unresolved. Others emerge every day such as hurricane Harvey, requiring our support and knowledge in the practice of changemaking and peacebuilding. We welcome students to a one-of-a-kind Kroc learning experience in full recognition that the issues of our times represent opportunities to shape a better world.  We welcome them into our Kroc School community fully energized by the conviction in our power as scholars-practitioners to create sustainable change.

 

Begin quote We welcome students to a one-of-a-kind Kroc learning experience in full recognition that the issues of our times represent opportunities to shape a better world. – Dean Márquez