The people of Rwanda have endured many significant hardships, including the genocide that took the lives of a million people in 100 days. In recent years they have worked tirelessly to repair and restore their society and culture creating a stronger infrastructure as well as safe environment. The purpose of this course is to examine the Rwandan genocide through the eyes of those who participated in it with a particular focus on the survivors and their recovery. We will highlight the process of forgiveness, hope and resilience require for constructive reconciliation and community well-being.
This course is created and conducted through the School of Education. This course will consist of lectures by local experts, genocide survivors, government officials and peace educators. Activities will include readings, research, tours of genocide memorials, engagement with those living in reconciliation villages, small group session, and optional meditation practice.
Partner Information (Aegis Trust):
William & Mary is partnering with the Aegis Trust, an international organization working to prevent genocide. Aegis Trust honors the memory of the victims of genocide and enables students, professionals, decision-makers and a wider public to meet survivors and learn from their experiences. Through education, Aegis Trust works to build long-term peace by encouraging communities to change from mindsets of mistrust and prejudice to a position of shared responsibility for peach and stability. Aegis also helps survivors in difficult circumstances to rebuild their lives.
The program will be based in Kigali, the geographic, economic and governmental center of Rwanda. Kigali, once the center of the 1994 genocide, has since grown into a vibrant city and was awarded the UN Scroll of Honor in 2008 for its innovations in modern development.
Students will be enrolled in one 6-credit hour course taught by W&M School of Education faculty. Courses will be centered around post-trauma counseling and conflict resolution. Course title: Community Well-Being and Peace Education*, codes TBD. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
*course syllabus will vary between Arts and Science Undergraduates and School of Education Graduates (EDUC CXX)
Students will also be enrolled in a mandatory 1-credit hour course in the spring prior to departure. Students will be enrolled pending acceptance to the program: INTR299 Study Abroad in Rwanda.
Dean of School of Education
Assistant Professor, School of Education
Arrival: May 13, 2019
Departure: June 1, 2019
Application ($75*): February 1
Deposit ($600): March 2
Final payment: April 2
*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.
2019 Program Fee: TBA early December
Students are responsible for airfare, visa (required for US citizens, $30 upon arrival), any necessary vaccinations.
Entrance to genocide memorials
Entrance to Akagera National Park
Entrance to Volcanoes National Park and 3 day excursion
Reves Summer Scholarships
are available for this program.
All College students in good academic standing.