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Peace and Conflict Studies Program

Violence, injustice, and intractable conflict are among the most pressing problems we face today. How can we address these problems creatively? The Peace and Conflict Studies Program seeks to give students, faculty, and staff the tools to understand issues underlying conflict and to creatively manage and transform conflict. Our program coordinates peace studies-related courses, a biennial student academic conference, speakers, internships, conflict-resolution workshops, and opportunities to interact with scholars and peacebuilders working in the field.

Social Justice & Commitment

A strong commitment to social justice and inclusivity dates to the founding of the College in 1846 by transplanted New Englanders with strong abolitionist and social-reformer backgrounds. Early in the College’s history, the town of Grinnell was an important stop on the underground railroad that secretly transported slaves to freedom.

Harry's War: Historic Photos

Harry Hopkins 1912 is best known as a the architect of the Works Progress Administration. But he had an argueably more important roll in world history — as aide to F.D.R. during the Second World War. As the president’s personal envoy to Churchill and Stalin, Hopkins played “a sometimes decisive part in the whole movement of the war,” according to Churchill.

Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership

Gain real-world experience, explore opportunities in business, government, and nonprofits, and learn from alumni. The Wilson Program supports interdisciplinary, discovery-mode liberal arts courses, funds mentored student internships in organizations throughout the world, and invites college alumni to return to campus to offer insights and salient experiences derived from creative careers and responsible leadership.

Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights

The Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights prepares students for a lifetime of civic engagement and connects the Grinnell community to the broader social and political issues that define the world beyond Grinnell. The program enriches the college curriculum by bringing distinguished scholars, public servants, and commentators to campus and by funding student internships. Rosenfield Program activities contribute to Grinnell’s tradition of social responsibility and help to build a lively academic community that links Grinnell students to the world.

Stonewall Resource Center (SRC)

The Stonewall Resource Center is a confidential, safe space serving Grinnell’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning communities and allies. Staffed by a student management team, the center offers support for individuals, educational programming, and LGBTQ activities on campus. The SRC library is open to all students and features hundreds of books, films, and leading queer publications. The center also serves as a meeting space for other student organizations.

Black Cultural Center (BCC)

Buzzing with social, cultural, and academic activities, the Black Cultural Center (BCC) preserves and celebrates black history, culture, and diasporas of people who identify with African heritage. Built in 1970, it was later renamed the Conney M. Kimbo Black Cultural Center in honor of Kimbo, dean of student affairs from 1970–73. Today, the BCC remains a multicultural center and educational resource for the Grinnell community.