Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Every summer since 2007, Fellows for Peace has brought 100 aspiring and experienced peacemakers to the Middlebury Language Schools and the Monterey Institute, where they build skills in foreign language or policy studies.

Kathryn Davis Fellows at the Middlebury Language Schools
The Language Schools at Middlebury College in Vermont and in California, at Middlebury at Mills, are recognized around the world as premier sites of language study. An environment of complete immersion produces cultural fluency in addition to linguistic competence, and participants are encouraged to live the language they are learning. Davis Fellowships for Peace are available in all of the Language Schools: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Davis United World College Scholars Fellows at the Monterey Institute
In an offshoot of the Fellows for Peace program, a group of Davis United World College Scholars spends the summer at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College. They study in three different areas at Monterey: the Development Project Management Institute, where they gain skills applicable to humanitarian relief and community development; the Global Trade and Development program, where they study the mechanisms of international trade and its effect on developing economies; and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, where they learn about the spread and control of weapons of mass destruction.

Kathryn Davis passed away in April of 2013, but her legacy lives on through these remarkable programs that so meaningfully bear her name and embody her spirit.