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


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.

Below, learn about USIP's annual Peace Day Challenge.  

Find resources for students and educators.

Explore the Peace Trail on the National Mall initiative

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 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 International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981 as a “date to be brought to the attention of all people for the celebration and observance of peace…including through education and public awareness.”

In 2015, as part of marking its 30th anniversary year, USIP created the Peace Day Challenge. The vision was to raise the profile of the International Day of Peace, to emphasize that peace is a realistic alternative to the violence that dominates the daily news, and to inspire a day of action for peace in communities across the U.S. and around the world, and on social media at #PeaceDayChallenge.

In its first year, the Peace Day Challenge reached an estimated 21 million people in more than 129 countries on social media, and inspired peace-focused activities in 24 U.S. states and 36 countries.

In 2016, expanded outreach brought the Peace Day Challenge to 83 million people in 148 countries on social media, and spurred real-life actions for peace in 41 U.S. states and dozens of countries.

In 2017, social posts were shared in 150 countries, reaching 56 million people, with activities in 41 U.S. states and Washington, DC.

In 2018, USIP collaborated with Scholastic, to create a new Poster Teaching Guide for the Peace Day Challenge, which will be distributed to 50,000 middle school classrooms across the U.S. to support educators and their students taking action on the International Day of Peace and continuing their learning and engagement yearlong. USIP did extensive additional outreach to schools and organizations across the country, and recorded significant engagement from this target audience. On social media, the hashtag #PeaceDayChallenge reached tens of millions of people in the U.S. and around the world as people shared photos, videos, and statements about their activities for Peace Day.

For information on the next Peace Day Challenge, including supporting materials for your organization, school or community, visit the project page.

Request a Group Visit

USIP welcomes requests from groups interested in visiting our building and learning about our mission and work. We offer educational programs for students and educators of all levels; we host groups of international visitors who are in the U.S. on professional exchange programs; and we welcome inquiries from other groups from across the U.S. and visiting from overseas, as time and capacity permit. Click through to find the Visit Request Form.