Avila Activist In Residence

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

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Fall 2021 Activist-In-Residence Program

The Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence at Avila University (Kansas City, MO) is now accepting applications for its Activist-in-Residence program in the fall of 2021.

Program Description

Every fall semester, the Buchanan Initiative hosts a grassroots peace activist at Avila University for a time of reflection, recharging, networking, academic engagement, and sharing with our campus and local communities. The objectives of the program are to:

  • Inform our campus and wider community of peace and nonviolence issues from a global perspective
  • Inspire students and others to become more involved in social activism related to peace and nonviolence
  • Facilitate conversation and exchange of ideas between the activist and members of the peacebuilding community in Kansas City 
  • Work with our campus to envision our role in issues of peace, social justice, and nonviolence
  • Provide the activist with time and creative space to reflect, explore, and plan for the future of their work
Possible Activities for the Activist-In-Residence
  • Conduct workshops, deliver lectures, facilitate discussion groups, etc.
  • Engage with university classes, on-campus or online
  • Assist in planning future projects and campaigns
  • Meet individually with students, faculty, staff, and others to discuss issues relevant to the Activist-in-Residence’s work as a peace activist
  • Work with members of the Avila community to engage with our local and regional communities to address issues of social justice, peace, and nonviolence.
Travel and Living Expenses

Avila University will cover all expenses related to obtaining a visa, airfare, ground transportation, housing, meals, and other incidental expenses incurred while fulfilling the obligations of the residency.


Candidates must submit their applications no later than 23:59 CST on March 15, 2021. For any questions regarding the application process, e-mail peace@avila.edu. 

We invite peace activists from all backgrounds to apply, regardless of religion, language, nationality, race, ethnicity, origin, age, educational attainment, socio-economic status, gender or sexual identity. Applicants who possess conversational ability in English are preferred; however, the university can arrange for interpretation services if needed. The Activist-in-Residence can be from anywhere in the world.

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