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The Building Communities through Social Justice Learning and Living Cohort (BCSJLLC)is an opportunity for students to get involved with many aspects of social justice whether they are at the local, regional, national, or global level. The BCSJLLC has provided multiple opportunities for education, community service, and civic engagement. We participated in the Dayton Peace Plunge sponsored by the UD Center for Social Concern. The purpose of this Peace Plunge was to give participants an overall understanding of peace and how it can come from within and from out of the environment around us. We visited the Dayton Peace Museum, Missing Peace Art Space, and the Kin Killing Kin exhibit at the EbonNia gallery of art. At the exhibits we discussed and pondered the different meanings of peace. We viewed the history of peace and each of us reflected on what peace means to us, how we can apply it to our daily lives, and how it impacts the lives of others. We saw the violence and animosity that is present in our society depicted in many ways. The Peace Plunge has given us the opportunity to reflect on our personal growth, what it means to be human in the 21st century, and how we can have a positive impact on our society through education, reflection, and action.

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Matthew D. Archer

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This poster reflects research conducted as part of course project designed to give students experience in the research process.

Research exercise: Discovering Peace in Dayton