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Our Approach

A safer community begins with building a culture of respect. As part of the Office of Inclusive Excellence, The PEACE Center is dedicated to fostering a safe, diverse and inclusive educational environment at UTSA.

Building a Culture of Respect

We are proud to be part of The Culture of Respect Collective Cohort 3. UTSA PEACE Center is created with the 6 CORE areas described in the framework below. This model is a nationally recognized, evidence-based, comprehensive program designed to create organizational change.

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A Foundation of Inclusivity 

UTSA PEACE Center embraces the socio-cultural lens of Relational Cultural Theory (RCT) as a framework. RCT calls attention to the influence of systemic power differentials at both the individual and societal level. The scope of relational theory extends beyond personal, intimate relationships, to consider the overarching structures that shape wider relational patterns and explores how societal structures can better contribute to peaceful coexistence. Our work involves Peacebuilding through growth fostering relationships both at the individual level and at the macro level.

“Peacebuilding is an activity that aims to resolve injustice in nonviolent ways and to transform the cultural & structural conditions that generate deadly or destructive conflict. It revolves around developing constructive personal, group, and political relationships across ethnic, religious, class, national and racial boundaries. This process includes violence prevention; conflict management, resolution, or transformation; and post-conflict reconciliation or trauma, i.e., before, during, and after any given case of violence.”

- John Paul Lederach