Rachael Nave ’12 reports on her participation in the U21 conference on Conflict Resolution:
“From July 11-19, I attended the Universitas 21 (U21) conference on Conflict Resolution at University College Dublin in Ireland. I was accompanied by four other UConn students as well as Professor Diana Rios. There were approximately 90 students and faculty members from 15 different countries that attended the conference. The program consisted of formal lectures, group discussions, and trips to various parts of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
We studied various global conflicts with a particular focus on the conflict in Northern Ireland. We visited places that have been the sites of severe conflict, such as Belfast and Armagh in Northern Ireland.
We were fortunate enough to talk to some fascinating people, such as Irish former political prisoners and the former UK Secretary of State for Defense. After discussing various world conflicts with my peers from around the world, I learned to respect how others perceive global conflict. Getting different perspectives on how to resolve conflict was enlightening and has made me appreciate other opinions, even if they are different from my own.”