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Grad to Spend Summer at World Peace Academy


While many of her classmates will be starting jobs or preparing for graduate school this summer, Lucy Pierce ’13, Otterbein’s first ever sustainability studies major and a cultural anthropology minor, will be spending 12 weeks at the World Peace Academy (WPA) in Basel, Switzerland to earn her advanced certificate in peace and conflict transformation.

Pierce said her courses at Otterbein with Dr. Heidi Ballard, associate professor of sociology, and Dr. Miranda Cady Hallett, assistant professor of cultural anthropology, inspired her to pursue this opportunity.

“I found that exploring our interactions with society and cultures all over the world really interested me and I want to further my education in those fields,” Pierce said.

According to Pierce, her education at the World Peace Academy this summer is the precursor to her master’s of advance studies in peace and conflict transformation, which is an internationally recognized postgraduate degree.

“I really hope to learn as much as I can about peace and conflict studies,” she said. “I am excited to learn new things in a beautiful setting with people who are passionate about the same global issues I am.”

Pierce said she is honored to have the opportunity to study at the WPA and hopes to share her experience with other Otterbein students.

“By sharing this experience with Otterbein, I wish to strengthen the relationship between the WPA and our students here. I hope that more Otterbein students will be inspired to travel and will explore postgraduate programs in another country in a field that they are passionate about,” she said.

Click here to learn more about sustainability studies at Otterbein. Click here to learn more about Otterbein’s sociology and anthropology department.