Last year, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams encouraged Loyola Marymount students to become more active in social change. Senior Chris Eagan responded to that call to action by volunteering as a mentor for Peace Jam, an international youth peace conference to be held at LMU on Sept. 11 - 13.
“Jody proved that an average person who is sick of injustice can do something about it. As a college student, it is really inspiring to hear that message,” said Eagan, a business and marketing major and history minor.
Williams will return to LMU along with Nobel Peace Prize laureates Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Betty Williams, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Jose Ramos Horta, and Shirin Ebadi for Peace Jam. These international leaders will engage students from around the world on specific issues identified as the roots of much of the world’s suffering, and then ask the youth to lead the way by taking action to solve these problems.
“Peace Jam challenges us to transform our ideas about peace into action. It’s a much more active way to make change happen versus passively talking about things,” Eagan said.
More than 2,500 students are expected to attend. All participants will be broken into groups of 15 to 20 students. A mentor will be assigned to each group. Each mentor attended at least 14 hours of training in preparation for the event.
“I think Peace Jam will have a profound effect on every participant. I hope the event will inspire youth to actualize their plans for peace, and help them realize their ideas are realistic and achievable,” Eagan said.
Tickets are limited to LMU faculty, staff and students. For tickets or more information, please contact the Center for Service and Action at 310.338.2959 or peacejamLMU@gmail.com.
For more information about the organization, please visit: www.peacejam.org or www.globalcalltoaction.org
Photos by Bernadette Matthews. Peace Jam mentors participate in various group activities during their training.