Emerging Global Leaders Seminar: Peace, Nonviolence & Justice

Dates: Monday, June 17 – Thursday, June 20

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Registration: 8:30 AM)

Location: Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
1815 Metropolitan St, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Target Audience: Rising 9th – 12th graders

The Emerging Global Leaders Seminar is a free, 4-day immersive program designed to help high school students understand and think critically about their world—and the various issues, connections, and perspectives within it. This summer, the seminar will focus on Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Students meet and learn from individuals doing amazing and inspiring things that impact their communities in Pittsburgh and around the world.

Students will learn about human rights, social justice, civic engagement, diversity and inclusion, and peace building and nonviolence. The seminar will culminate in a “boot camp,” where students will learn about activism and how to effectively develop and pitch an idea! Students will strengthen their understanding of overarching global issues and how these issues shape the world around them. Students will acquire greater global competence, cross-cultural understanding, and project design proficiency—key skills needed to stand out as a leader in a global workforce.


Bill Strickland, Founder & Executive Chairman, Manchester Bidwell CorporationPeace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Jasiri X, Founder & Chief Executive Director, 1Hood MediaSocial Justice & The Arts

Anti-Defamation LeagueAnti-Bias Workshop

Bhante Metta, Resident Buddhist Monk, Pittsburgh Buddhist Center – Mindfulness & Meditation

Dr. Kathy Humphrey, Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement & Chief of Staff, University of Pittsburgh – Martin Luther King Jr. & Activism

Leigh Solomon Pugliano, Director of Opportunity, New Sun RisingProject Design & Pitch Boot Camp

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Learn more about our speakers below.


All students attending the Emerging Global Leaders Seminar are required to complete and submit a Liability Release & Media Waiver.

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Email a photo or scanned copy of the completed form to kathleen@worldpittsburgh.org.


A Force More Powerful is a documentary series on one of the 20th century’s most important and least-known stories: how nonviolent power overcame oppression and authoritarian rule.  It includes six cases of movements, and each case is approximately 30 minutes long.

Peace Is Possible Advocacy Guide (Peace is Possible) Advocacy is the act or process of publicly supporting a specific cause influencing political, economic and social systems. By being an advocate for peace, you are adding your voice to a global movement for change—your actions aim to change what is, into what it should be.

SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions (United Nations Development Programme, 2019) Learn more about Global Goal 16, view facts and figures, and check out the goals in action.

Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions: Why They Matter (United Nations) Learn about the importance of Global Goal 16 and how you can take action.


Are you biased? I am. (TEDxBasel, 2016) What do you do when you realize you have a bias, even against yourself? Kristen Pressner is the Global Head of Human Resources at a multinational firm, and a tireless advocate for, and promoter of, women in the workplace. In this enlightening talk, Kristen explores how we can recognize our own hidden, irrational biases — and keep them from limiting us.

Everybody’s in a Bubble, and That’s a Problem (The Atlantic, 2017) In politics as well as business, people are shaped by who they see – and who they don’t. Learn more about bias in this piece published by The Atlantic.


Bill Strickland

The Clemente Museum

Anti-Defamation League

  • No Place for Hate® is a student-driven initiative aimed at providing a model for combating intolerance, bullying, and hatred. It provides a unique opportunity to unite programs with one consistent message and connects a participating school to a larger initiative taking place in the region and country. Schools have the opportunity to become designated as No Place for Hate® by completing four steps during the school year. Download the flyer HERE.

Questions? Contact Kathleen Newell, Education Program Manager: 412-281-7973

This event is made possible through generous sponsorships by Covestro and 1Hood, and through a partnership between the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, AHINSA, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, and Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.