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Nominations for Grabill-Homan peace prize open

photo of Kelley Becker, Gerlof Homan and Joe Grabill

2016 Grabill-Homan Community Peace Prize winner Kelley Becker (center) stands with the two emeritus professors who founded the Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies Program at Illinois State University, Gerlof Homan (left) and Joe Grabill.

The Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies Program at Illinois State University is accepting nominations and self-nominations for the Grabill-Homan Community Peace Prize, which is named for Joseph L. Grabill and Gerlof D. Homan, Illinois State University emeritus professors of history who helped establish the interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies Program.

The Grabill-Homan Community Peace Prize recognizes individual achievements in peacemaking, leadership, community service, and activism. The award recipient will be presented with a plaque at a reception in the spring of 2017.

To be eligible, a nominee must be a resident of Bloomington or Normal and be at least 21 years of age. Eligible individuals must have a record of participation in peacemaking activities in the community. Examples of such activities include activities in the areas of civil rights, cross-cultural understanding, economic and social justice, environmental protection, as well as activities that help advance peace and human dignity. Nominees should have a record of peaceful conflict resolution, leadership, integrity, and compassion and demonstrate respect for all individuals. Nominees may demonstrate these personal attributes and a record of peacemaking activities in any area, including the workplace, family life, or volunteer work.

The following materials are required for all nominations or self-nominations for the Grabill-Homan Community Peace Prize:

  • Nominees should provide a brief resume that highlights their relevant peacemaking activities.
  • Two letters of support are required. These letters should be from individuals who can speak to the impact of the nominee’s activities and initiatives on the community.
  • A brief 300-500 word description of a community need that should receive public attention is also required. This description should be written by the nominee, and the community need should have a peace and conflict resolution dimension.

Please send applications to: Dawn Beichner of the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5250, Normal, IL 61790-5250. Nominations must be received no later than January 3, 2017. Any questions can be directed to Dawn Beichner, who can be contacted by email at

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