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Wanted: Next Generation of Peace Leaders

Rotary program looks to end world conflict

Emily Willard was last year’s Annapolis Rotary Club recipient of the Peace Fellowship. “My goals are to continue to provide unique research and expertise in the field of genocide prevention,” Willard said.

Rotary International is working to make world peace a reality.
    Helping work toward that goal, the Rotary Club of Annapolis is now recruiting for the Rotary Peace Fellowships, a program that helps up to 100 fellows earn professional development certificates or master’s degrees in Peace and Conflict Resolution.
    Launched in 2002, Rotary’s Peace Fellowship program prepares scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world with academic and practical training.
    Fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic and professional achievements.
    They embark on one to two years of study to earn the master’s level degree or a three-month professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, Sweden, the United States and Thailand.
    Last year the club sponsored Emily Willard of Annapolis, a graduate of Broadneck High School and American University, in a Peace Fellowship in Thailand.
    Start with a local Rotary Club and apply by May 15; Or apply directly online to District 7620 by May 31: www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/get-involved/exchange-ideas/peace-fellowships.
    Interested? Learn more at the Rotary Peace Centers website: www.rotary.org/rotarycenters.