Jul 28, 2020
Carolyn Williams, Search for Common Ground
Approaches to Conflict

Carolyn Williams comes from the United States where she has worked on conflict transformation, peacebuilding, intercultural communication, volunteerism and youth leadership. She has ten years of experience in international affairs focused across policy, practice and academia. Her specialization is in youth participation in peacebuilding and conflict transformation programming. Carolyn currently serves as a technical expert on Search for Common Ground’s consultant roster and works with the Syrian Women’s Political Movement as well as the Syrian National Coalition conducting research, political analysis and supporting Syrian representation at the United Nations. Previously, she worked with the Women Waging Peace Network designing strategy and programming to open space for young women peacebuilders and amplify youth leaders. Carolyn created the Next Generation of Women Waging Peace initiatives and Intergenerational Peacebuilding Partnerships, the first youth-focused and inter-generational projects for the Network. While with the Kroc Institute of Peace & Justice, she also worked on women’s meaningful inclusion in peace negotiations and multi-level peace processes.  
 
Carolyn is an enthusiastic facilitator who enjoys engaging young people in designing solutions to the problems they face. She assisted in drafting the Guiding Principles on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding in 2012 while working with Search for Common Ground and attended the Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security in Jordan as a youth delegate with UNFPA in 2015. She worked on a State Department public diplomacy initiative supporting high school students acting as youth ambassadors to the US from 2013-2016. While working for UNHCR, a project she co-designed with refugee schools in Malaysia to build capacity of refugee children and increase opportunities for young refugees received the 2017 Youth Initiative Fund. In Myanmar, Carolyn conducted community assessments and designed responsive programming solutions in partnership with religious leaders, community members, women's organizations and international entities. She has facilitated trainings on leadership, conflict transformation, creativity and peace education with varied populations across cultural contexts.  
 
During her Rotary Peace Fellowship in Sweden, Carolyn worked with migrant youth in underprivileged areas on capacity and confidence building. She also conducted field research in Italy on the effects of forced migration on young men seeking asylum and has written extensively on refugee integration. Carolyn has conducted peace research in a variety of contexts and, in this capacity, engaged with local populations in the Balkans, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey on conflict resolution and reconciliation. Carolyn is published on countering and preventing violent extremism, peacebuilding and youth leader mapping. She is an Institute for Economics & Peace Ambassador and TOEFL teacher certified. Carolyn holds a Master of Social Science in Peace & Conflict Research from Uppsala University and a Bachelor of Arts in Peace & Conflict Resolution with honors from the American University School of International Service.  

This Club meeting will be held via Zoom, beginning at 5:00pm.  Here is the link for the meeting: https://virginia.zoom.us/j/849144040

Meeting ID: 849 144 040