• Uplifting Education

Education Empowering Peacemakers

On Friday, November 22, CARP Bay Area held their second “Peace Starts With Me” Campus Event at Chabot College with the message of “Education Empowering Peacemakers.”

The vision for these Campus Events is to offer principled education of heart and character on the campus level and encouraging more faculty, students, and community leaders to stand up for these values. Preparations were made from the beginning of the semester, and CARP members have been anticipating for the day of the event in excitement. 

This time, the three hour evening program’s keynote address was delivered by guest speaker, Dr. Mose Durst. The program also included a short presentation by CARP student leader Erika Gordon, various student club performances, remarks from Chabot students and faculty, food, and raffle prizes. Seventy-five people including students, community members, and faculty members attended the event.

Dr. Mose Durst, author, educator, and principal of the Principled Academy, a local character education school, delivered the keynote address on “Education Empowering Peacemakers.” From recent studies in Positive Psychology to city infrastructures catered to building relationships, he offered historical and personal insights to the development of education drawing out and liberating the values within every person. He emphasized how every institution shares some responsibility in educating the character of its people.

Dr. Durst encouraged the audience to inherit the Native American Iroquois tribe’s philosophy of considering the next seven generations and long-term impacts in our daily actions to create a sustainable world and relationships. He left the audience with a quote from Confucius: “If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children.”

Afterwards, attendees had table discussions to share their highlights from the talk

“[Dr. Durst] spoke of the potential for children to be peacemakers through education. It was about coming together and forming our own coalitions for peace and peacemaking. That was such a powerful thought statement … The big takeaway was there is strength in unity and education.” - Mrs. Debra Collins, KCRH 89.9 FM radio station

“Education can empower everyone, that’s why I always encourage my friends and classmates— ‘Dream big and study hard’, because it is a perfect time for college students to plant their future.” - Mrs. Xiaolan Holken, Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) & Ukulele Club President

“My favorite part from Dr. Durst’s talk was when he was talking about forming relationships instead of networking … [W]hen you do meet people, sometimes you start to notice that they try to network and see how their connection with you can be beneficial career and academic wise instead of ‘Hey, this person seems really cool. Let’s see if they want to get lunch or hang out outside of class.’” - Sean Stewart, Chabot Mass Communications student