Alumna awarded Fulbright Specialist Award

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Dr. Deri Ronis, Ph.D.1987, has received a Fulbright Specialist Program award.

Dr. RonisShe is the founder of The Conflict Resolution Centre specializing in mediation, consultation, training and seminars to facilitate peace and conflict resolution.

Dr. Ronis is excited to share and explore ideas.

“My reaction is and was one of great gratitude, humility and my last hurrah! I’m thrilled to be able to share a half century of knowledge, observation, and experience with the next generation studying peace and conflict resolution. I was so fortunate in the ’80’s to be able to study my passion at Union, when the field of peace psychology and conflict resolution wasn’t even a recognized science or discipline.”

She hopes her experience of 30 years can be helpful to the other participants.

“This is an opportunity to interact with students from many different countries, engage in dialogues relevant to their research, and help them understand what is possible and doable, as well as what isn’t and how to accept the things they have no control over to avoid burnout.”

For her Fulbright, Dr. Ronis will complete a project at Uppsala Rotary Peace Center in Sweden with the goal to exchange knowledge and establish partnerships benefitting participants, institutions, and communities both in the U.S. and overseas through a variety of educational and training activities within Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Union has a proud tradition of Fulbright awardees including recent awardees Dr. Anu Mitra and Dr. Woden Teachout, and alumna Dr. Paula Royster.

Dr. Ronis is one of over 400 U.S. citizens who share expertise with host institutions abroad through the Fulbright Specialist Program each year. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated leadership in their field, and their potential to foster long-term cooperation between institutions.

According to the Fulbright website, the program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding shared international concerns.

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