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Our Mission


The Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence (BIPN) believes that peace and nonviolence are the strongest elements of our civic life. In a time when bombs are louder than voices for peace, we must learn to question the obvious, support one another, and organize our communities to overcome oppression.

BIPN embodies the work of the founders of Avila University, the Sisters of St. Joseph. The Sisters’ charism of caring for the dear neighbor without distinction drives BIPN to examine the root causes of inequality, promote understanding among different peoples, and work toward social justice. This initiative brings students, academics, and activists together to raise a generation that has the nonviolent tools it needs to make peaceful social change possible.

Jean Buchanan (‘76) envisions a beloved Kansas City community that utilizes peace and nonviolence to connect an individual’s sense of inner-peace to global peace. This initiative honors collaboration with a diverse base of communities to break out of our comfort zones, unlearn the language of hate, and foster self-determination among communities.

Many peace leaders have emphasized that being silent is a way of standing with the oppressor. We believe that the first revolution is internal. This initiative calls on everyone to join the peace movement by practicing mindfulness on an individual level, conducting contemplative dialogue that addresses our connection to larger forces influencing our lives and taking nonviolent action on a collective level.


The Avila Promise

  • Lower Tuition Rate
  • Tuition Protection
  • 4-Year Graduation Guarantee
  • Internship or Research Guarantee
  • up to $1,000 Travel Award

 

That’s the Avila Promise.

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Meet our Avila inspired students, faculty, alumni, and spaces. 

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Transfer to Avila this Spring

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transfer to avila this spring

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  • Travel Award
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  • Transfer-friendly

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Graduate Studies: Attend an Upcoming Psychology Information Session

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graduate psychology information session

If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in psychology, stop by an upcoming Graduate Psychology Coffee Talk on November 28. Let us treat you to a beverage and learn more about our program offerings.

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