Building Cultures of Peace, Building the Beloved Community


  • UMass Boston’s Breaking the Cycle of Violence Initiative & Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement is hosting a World Café dialogue titled “Building the Beloved Community With Respectful Civil Discourse: How to Dialogue When We Disagree?” Wednesday, November 8th from 3pm – 5pm. The World Café will be hosted at the University Dining Club in UMass Boston’s Campus Center, second floor, room 2550. The goal of the dialogue is to develop understanding and tools for building the beloved community through having respectful civil discourse with individuals and groups with whom we disagree. Participants will be UMass Boston students, faculty, staff, and representatives of programs and agencies. The World Café is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting large group dialogue. It is free to attend, register at: Please register each person attending individually

BCVI is an interdisciplinary academic, practitioner, student, and youth focused initiative seeking an understanding of violence in the greater Boston area by working collaboratively to identify, plan and implement effective strategies to address the culture of violence. BCVI is a multi-sector approach to understanding violence in our communities, supporting mutual efforts, facilitating new strategies, and understanding the culture of violence that envelopes the community, through individual and collective action and understanding.

BCVI hosts multiagency multi-sector discussion meeting, creates and hosts ongoing roundtable discussions on the topic of violence, offers educational forums on the evolving understanding of the culture of violence, mentors graduate students in their scholarship, engages faculty across disciplines, and anticipates developing interdisciplinary courses on the culture of violence to be offered both internally as a part of the university curriculum and externally to the community.

BCVI meetings are also the locus for planning efforts for directly addressing forms of community violence as it is identified by participants.  Participants engage in identifying and prioritizing goals, establishing objectives to meet the goals, conceptualizing and developing programming and identifying resources to support ongoing BCVI strategies in the communities with which it is engaged.


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Breaking the Cycle of Violence

100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393