Alison Milofsky

Director

Alison Milofsky is the director of curriculum and training design in the Institute’s Academy where she specializes in curriculum development, facilitation skills development, intergroup dialogue and the design of training-of-trainers programs.

Milofsky oversees the Institute’s conflict management training program for peacekeepers in partnership with the State Department’s Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program (ACOTA). Through this program, USIP has provided training in negotiation, mediation and protection of civilians to more than 3000 peacekeepers from 15 African countries deploying to 7 UN/AU missions.

Milofsky teaches the Academy’s facilitation course as well as intergroup dialogues on race and gender at the University of Maryland. She incorporates facilitation and dialogue skills in her work training young leaders through the Institute’s Generation Change program and has led dialogue trainings in Afghanistan, Kenya and Rwanda. Milofsky edited the Institute’s Peacebuilding Toolkits for Educators and facilitates trainings for educators on how to infuse peacebuilding concepts into their teaching. She has conducted programs for educators in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Central Asia, and Africa. 

Before joining the Institute in 2002, Milofsky was associate director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Washington, D.C. regional office, where she designed and implemented anti-bias education programs and trained police officers on hate crimes and extremism. Earlier, she served in Peace Corps/Slovakia as a teacher trainer. 

Milofsky holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a doctorate in education policy, with a specialization in curriculum theory and development, from the University of Maryland. 

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August 12, 2016

It was a startling discovery five years ago that prompted then 21-year-old Shubey Nantege of Uganda to found Go Girl Africa. The organization has provided financial literacy skills to 2,500 girls and young women, helping them make positive changes in their lives. Leaders like Shubey illustrate how young people are essential partners in promoting peacebuilding and gender equality, a point worth highlighting today on International Youth Day. The occasion also provides an opportunity to spotlight gaps in international assistance that can be filled to...

Publications

May 25, 2015
The Women Preventing Violent Extremism Thought for Action Kit is intended to engage discussions on key issues related to the role of women and preventing violent extremism (PVE). This document is for policy makers, practitioners and academics who are interested in understanding “why gender matters” in preventing violent extremism. We think of it as a thought kit more than a tool kit, that is— a collection of experts’ essays and practical exercises designed to help guide local activists and practitioners to engage in reflection and dialogue on violent extremism. In addition, we hope to bring greater awareness to the diverse set of experiences that women and women’s organizations are dealing with violent extremist ideologies.
June 19, 2011
This Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators is designed to support the work of educators as peacebuilders. We believe that young people have tremendous capacity, as individuals and as a community, to learn about and contribute to international conflict management, and that educators can channel students’ energy and enthusiasm in positive ways.
June 19, 2011
This Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators is designed to support the work of educators as peacebuilders. We believe that young people have tremendous capacity, as individuals and as a community, to learn about and contribute to international conflict management, and that educators can channel students’ energy and enthusiasm in positive ways.

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