Conflict, Human Rights, and Peace-Building in Latin America

Thursday, September 21, 2023
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Allendale Campus
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

Maria Antonia Montes

Please join us for this moderated discussion with Professor Polly Diven. Featured Speaker Maria Antonia Montes is Senior Program Officer for the Gandhi-King Global Academy and the Nonviolent Action team at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington DC..

Montes leads USIP’s technical efforts in Latin America , specifically focusing on Colombia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia. In her current role, Montes leads USIP's Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding (SNAP) program in Latin America, as well as its Participatory Action Research (PAR) in Colombia. Montes has worked with USIP’s regional teams on comparative peace processes, process design, implementation, and mechanisms for the inclusion of women, religious actors, and youth inclusion in peace processes. She formerly led USIP's Citizen Security Dialogues Project in Colombia funded by USAID/Colombia and co-led the development of USIP’s Latin America Regional Center.

Prior to joining USIP, Montes taught English as a second language to university students at Universidad Minuto de Dios (Bogotá). She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Latin American studies from Wake Forest University and a graduate specialization degree in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá).

This program is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the International Relations Program and is INT 100/201 approved.

Location Information

2263 Kirkhof Center

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