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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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View AU Open House

View AU Open HouseSeptember 22 • 9 a.m. • Whitfield Center

See everything Avila has to offer at our upcoming ViewAU Open House. Chat with Admissions and current students, take in program information from faculty advisors and enjoy a tour of beautiful campus. Enjoy lunch – compliments of the Office of Admission.

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Register for Homecoming Weekend 2018: AU Gold

homecoming weekend 2018

homecoming weekend

Return to Avila’s campus to help celebrate Homecoming Weekend 2018 from October 18-21! This special weekend offers the opportunity to connect with friends and celebrate with the Avila community.

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Arts at Avila: Talk Radio

talk radio theatre production

talk radio theatre productionOctober 18-21
7:30 p.m. | Showtime
2 p.m. | Sunday matinee
Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage at Goppert Theatre

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