NACR Alumni

 © Marcie Hawranik, 2008
Marcie in the General Assembly of the United Nations, New York

Marcie G. Hawranik
International Relations Officer and Policy Analyst, Canadian Human Rights Commission
M.A., Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York

On her exchange term at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:

"The North American International Security and Conflict Resolution exchange program provided me with opportunities that I would not have received if I had completed all of my course-work solely at the University of Manitoba. This exchange program allowed me to gain an in-depth understanding of conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and foreign policy from a United States perspective while completing an internship at the Institute of World Affairs. The professional staff at the Mauro Centre and the world-renowned professors who administer and teach in the program are unparalleled. This program supplied me with the motivation to subsequently pursue a Master’s degree in International Relations focusing on negotiation/conflict resolution, and provided me with the necessary practical international work experience and connections needed to do so. I have since worked at Human Rights Watch in Geneva at the UN Human Rights Council, and currently work at the Canadian Human Rights Commission."

Steven Synyshyn
M.A. Candidate, International Affairs
Norm Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

On his exchange term at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:

“The North American Conflict Resolution Exchange provided an excellent opportunity to develop relationships of friendship and trust that underlie any non-violent conflict resolution initiative. It has been helpful with bridging the experience gap between peace-building theory and practice, in other words, nurturing an understanding that it is the variety of people’s interactions with one another that shape and perpetuate our world’s dynamic character.”

© Steven Synyshyn, 2008
Steven with Hon. John Manley, Former Deputy Prime Minister & Finance Minister, NPSIA Annual Charity Soiree

© Nicole Christianson Smith, 2007
Nicole Christianson Smith
Executive Assistant
Zaifman Immigration Lawyers

On her exchange term at Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí:

“My conflict resolution exchange to San Luis was a life-changing experience for me in that it gave me the opportunity to experience a different academic system, a different legal system, and a very unique culture.  Those experiences taught me many skills that have been very useful in my undergraduate career as well as in immigration law.  The most fulfilling part of the exchange were the friends that I made and hope to keep for a very long time!”

Jason Klassen
Youth Care Worker
Macdonald Youth Services

On his exchange term at Universidad de Colima:

"Words inadequately express the joy, courage, cultural openness, and adventure that I experienced during the exchange. It was so life-changing, I owe a priceless debt to the exchange program and to lindo (beautiful) Mexico and its people who have enriched my life so wonderfully.  My conflict resolution practicum at the Commission for Human Rights shifted my culturally diverse worldview into a way of life, which I incorporate every day in working with First Nations peoples. I even met the woman who is now my wife, Erika, who came to Colima on exchange from Peru!"

© Jason Klassen, 2008
Colima Ultimas



© Jean-Alexandre De Bousquet, B.A., J.D., LL.L., 2008
Jean-Alexandre De Bousquet, B.A., J.D., LL.L.
Human Rights and Employment Lawyer, De Bousquet Professional Corporation

On his exchange term at University of Louisville:

“My studies at the University of Louisville in Kentucky were very rewarding on the intellectual and professional levels. I had the opportunity to be immersed in a very interesting culture and acquire a new perspective on conflict issues. My internship at the Urban League, a prominent U.S. civil rights organisation, allowed me to make a difference in the community by participating in the delivery of services to minority youth and underprivileged individuals.

The negotiation and conflict resolution seminars provided in the course of the NACR program allowed me to develop very useful skills in my day-to-day interactions with others as well as in my legal career. The program provided me with the theoretical basis to become a skilled negotiator. As a lawyer, the foundations acquired through the NACR allow me to efficiently mediate disputes and settle grievances on behalf of my clients.”

Brittany B.
M.A. Graduate, Dept. of War Studies, Royal Military College of Canada
Project Manager and Consultant with Operations and Support Services

On her exchange term at the University of Louisville:

“The North American Conflict Resolution Program was instrumental in enhancing my interest in security studies and the field of international relations overall.  It was for this reason I went on to pursue and finish a Master’s degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.  Not only did the program stimulate the interest to pursue an MA, it prepared me conceptually and methodologically for the academic rigors of undertaking such a degree.  The North American Conflict Program was led by superb partners and professors who combined stimulating and contemporary in-class lectures with relevant internships.  This experience was quite formative and positively oriented me towards advanced learning and my current career in the security sector.”