By Christopher Schasse
Grand Rapids Community College and The Collegiate Association for Research of Principles (CARP) is hosting the Peace Starts With Me Conference on Thurs. Nov. 15 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at SCC 203 Raider Grille Cafeteria.
In an email to The Collegiate, Josue Kislie, 23, president of the GRCC chapter of CARP, described who the main speaker will be at the event and what students can expect.
“During this conference, we will hear an inspirational message from Mr. Ricardo De Sena, president of the Universal Peace Federation USA, on the principles of peace building… We will come together to start peace, to spread peace and to share love.”
In the email, Kislie listed the goals that CARP hopes to accomplish by holding the conference.
“Our hope is that through this event, students, professors and faculty members will see that peace truly does start with us,” Kislie said. “We hope to inspire and empower students to be ambassadors for peace who seek to focus on the points of convergence rather than those of divergence.
“We hope that through this event, we can begin to see more conversations on campus. We hope to inspire students and faculty members to engage in dialogue on topics that divide us in the spirit of unity and love. We hope to inspire students to have a desire to serve the community. We also want to build on the success of this conference to organize another conference in the winter semester.”
Kislie shared that there are a few things that students and non-students alike can do to promote peace in their lives.
“Compliment someone just because you can,” Kislie said. “Appreciate a kind gesture and return the favor. Don’t blame another person for your circumstances, even if they are at fault. Most things in our world are contagious, including peace and evil. And if our common goal is to bring peace, then we all have the power to bring it with all of our interactions.”