USIP offers ways for individuals and groups in the U.S. and abroad to learn about and get involved in building peace.

Virtual Speakers Bureau

With domestic travel on hold, USIP has established a Virtual Speakers Bureau as a way to continue advancing our longstanding commitment toward informing the American public about the U.S. role in peacebuilding.

The Virtual Speakers Bureau connects national networks and local organizations with leading USIP experts for virtual speaking events on themes relevant to the Institute’s mission—as well as the current pandemic and its impact on peacebuilding. Recent event hosts include the World Affairs Councils of America, the International Relations Council in Kansas City, the Boise Metro Rotary Club, and the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

For more information or to request a speaker for a U.S.-based organization, contact Allison Sturma with the Public Education team

Public Engagement

While USIP focuses primarily on conflict management and peacebuilding abroad, as required by our founding statute, another part of the Institute's original mandate from Congress is to serve the American people with education and information on the means to promote international peace and resolve conflicts without violence.

In 2011, timed with the move to its new headquarters adjacent to the National Mall, USIP established a dedicated program focused on public education and national outreach, originally called the Global Peacebuilding Center and now called Public Education. This program offers resources and initiatives to make peacebuilding accessible and engaging. Working with students, educators, and a broad public audience, it encourages Americans to learn about and get involved in global peacebuilding.

And if you are interested in engaging with us, whether through your organization or your community's work on global issues, or through activities or interests in your school or university, please contact our public education program at publiceducation@usip.org. We field inquiries from those interested in inviting USIP experts to speak at events around the country, and we are here as a resource for those interested in learning more and getting involved with our work.

Peace Day Challenge

The Peace Day Challenge exists to raise the profile of the International Day of Peace and to affirm peace as a real alternative to the violence we see every day in the world.

It is all about inspiring a day of action on September 21, focused on building peace through real-life activities and sharing on social media at #PeaceDayChallenge.

Since launching in 2015, the Peace Day Challenge has reached 148 countries and all 50 U.S. states, engaged hundreds of schools and dozens of organizations, and inspired social media posts from high-profile individuals and a broad public audience reaching tens of millions of people.

For more information on the next Peace Day Challenge, including ideas on how to get involved, visit the project page.

Request a Group Visit

In practicing prevention and in consideration of the well-being of our colleagues and guests, USIP is not able to welcome visitors to its headquarters at this time. USIP continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving situation to determine when all public engagement at our headquarters can resume.

For US-based educators, students, organizations, groups, and individuals, our Public Education program  is providing virtual educational programs about USIP and its work instead of its onsite programs. To request a virtual program, please click here.