Intercultural Peacebuilding



Administrative Assistants


Academic Advisor


Associate Professor

  • Ford, Chad (2005) B.A. 1995, Brigham Young University–Hawaii; M.S. 2000, George Mason University; J.D. 2000, Georgetown University.


Assistant Professor

  • Whippy, David, Intercultural Peacebuilding (2018) B.S. 2013, Brigham Young University-Hawaii; M.A. 2016, University of South Pacific.


Programs Descriptions

The Intercultural Peacebuilding seeks to refine and mold the divine potential of BYU-Hawaii graduates to influence peace for the good at home, in the workplace, in communities and throughout the world. It not only emphasizes theories of harmony, cross cultural leadership, and conflict transformation but also highlights the spiritual components of these areas such as forgiveness and reconciliation by drawing on a broad range of theories and techniques from the academic disciplines of anthropology, cultural studies, political science, psychology, history, economics, law and business.

A major in intercultural peacebuilding will provide opportunities for employment in careers in the public, private and non-for-profit sectors as an understanding of the theories of conflict and sustainable community building and development. Students will also gain knowledge and basic skills necessary to navigate the intricacies of intercultural communication and negotiation in whatever their chosen profession may be.

One of the primary goals of IPB is the fulfillment of BYU-Hawaii's prophetic mission to accept, adapt, and integrate cultural differences through the transcendent principles of love, faith, and peace combined with a rigorous academic curriculum that directly addresses cross-cultural understanding. As a microcosm of global diversity, BYU-Hawaii provides an exceptional environment for Intercultural Peacebuilding.

Programs and Degrees

  • B.A. Intercultural Peacebuilding
  • Certificate in Intercultural Peacebuilding

Programs Outcomes

Upon completing a major in Intercultural Peacebuilding, students will:

  • Effectively understand cultural differences and conflicts.
  • Think critically and empathetically.
  • Employ skills such as mediation, facilitation and research to develop solutions to real world problems.
  • Articulate and sustain views through verbal and written discourse.
  • Be well prepared to enter graduate school or employment.