Dr. Yehuda Silverman is a peacebuilding pracademic (practitioner/academic) who specializes in conflict prevention, analysis, and transformation. He is currently an Instructor at Northwestern University's Civic Education Project, Facilitator at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, Cultural Exchange Assistant for Acquaint, and Peace Program Coordinator for Canadian Friends Service Committee. He also mentors emerging peacebuilders through UNESCO Global Youth Community, Initiatives of Change, and United People Global. Previously, Dr. Silverman had a postdoctoral academic appointment as the Faculty Diversity Fellow at Ursuline College, where he developed and taught the course Intrapersonal Peace and Conflict Prevention. Some additional fellowships include being a Faith For Our Planet Fellow at Duke University, WFUNA Peace Fellow, UNAOC Fellow, UNESCO MGIEP TAGe Fellow, Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace, and Singapore International Foundation Arts For Good Fellow. Dr. Silverman has also facilitated courses online in coordination with UNESCO MGIEP, World Beyond War, Erasmus+, Soliya, World Learning, and Sharing Perspectives Foundation. He taught English online to people impacted by conflict (primarily Syrian refugees), and served as a Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge Coach for IREX and a Guardian ad Litem (a court appointed special advocate) representing abused, abandoned, and neglected children. Further initiatives include collaborating in a Pilot Peace Pal Program with the Boys and Girls Clubs, a Conflict Resolution Consultant for The Mosaic Institute, and a Mentor for social impact leaders in the Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute and university students in Search for Common Ground's Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation Peace Project. His PhD is in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a concentration in International Peace (Nova Southeastern University), and he is also a certified Facilitator in Intercultural Dialogue (UN Habitat) and Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation (University of Rhode Island).
Areas of Focus
- Diversity and Social Inclusion
- Intercultural Dialogue
- Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
- Preventing Violent Extremism
- Conflict Resolution