About the Mauro Institute

The Arthur V. Mauro Institute for Peace & Justice at St. Paul's College, University of Manitoba, is dedicated to the advancement of human rights, conflict resolution, global citizenship, peace, and social justice through research, education, and outreach.

Originally founded as the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace & Justice at St. Paul's College and officially launched in 2004, the name of the organization was changed in the fall of 2019, to reflect the evolving and growing nature of the research and other programs and efforts of the organization and the continued support of our principal benefactors and friends.

The Mauro Institute's initial emphases has been the cultural, religious, and philosophical dimensions of peace; social, economic, and environmental justice; peace education; human rights; and the role of international organizations and standards in the quest for peace and justice. The Institute is also interested in the role of the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in pointing ways for people to live in peace and harmony in a post-modern world.

The Institute is home to the University of Manitoba's Ph.D. Program in Peace and Conflict Studies as well as the Joint Master’s Program in Peace and Conflict Studies (co-governed with the University of Winnipeg), which seeks to prepare students for their roles as community leaders who contribute to peace-building initiatives locally, nationally, and globally.

The Mauro Institute arose from the vision of Dr. Arthur V. Mauro, O.C., Q.C., O.M. an alumnus of both St. Paul's College and the University of Manitoba. Dr. Mauro believed that St. Paul's College, the University of Manitoba, and Winnipeg formed an appropriate site for research that promoted peace and justice. Further, he believes that the community of Winnipeg has advocated tolerance for persons of different backgrounds and a respect for diversity.

The establishment of the Institute was also inspired by the belief that while religion has often been a cause of violence, coalitions of individuals inspired by different religious faiths can be significant peace-builders. Since its inception, the Mauro Institute has hosted dozens of students in the graduate programs, and has had tens of thousands of people from around the city participate in its outreach events.

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