Spring 2019 Peer Leaders: Neil Brubacher | Jonathan Smith

Fall 2019 Peer Leaders: Hannah Bernstein | Grace Wright

Winter 2020 Peer Leaders: Neil Brubacher | Hannah Brubacher Kaethler


Hannah Bernstein

Program: 2nd year Nanotechnology Engineering

Term: Fall 2019

Hannah BQ. What made you apply to be a PeaceTech Living-Learning Community Peer Leader?

A. I have always been passionate about Peace and Social Justice Issues, and as a student in Engineering, PeaceTech is a perfect way to apply a peace perspective to what I am learning along with other passionate individuals. I applied to be a PeaceTech Living-Learning Community peer leader because I want to have more interactions with those who are interested in PeaceTech related topics, especially artificial intelligence, through facilitating discussions, attending lectures and much more.

Q. What are you most excited for in this position?

A. I am excited to lead and participate in discussions with students from all different faculties who are passionate about exploring how peace and technology intersect.

Q. What does PeaceTech mean for you?

A. To me, PeaceTech is the idea of considering the impacts of technological advancements on the world as a whole, looking at the social and ethical implications of technology - Tech for Good, rather than economic gain (which is often the focus of technological advancements). Similarly, how technology can aid in peaceful movements, as I believe that the two are strongly connected and should be considered together.


Neil Brubacher

Program: 4th year Systems Design Engineering

Term: Spring 2019 & Winter 2020

NeilQ. What made you apply to be a PeaceTech Living-Learning Community Peer Leader?

A. I’ve always been captured by the questions, “where is technology taking us?” and, “where should technology be taking us?” Courses such as Paul Heidebrecht’s “Peace and Engineering” encouraged me to tackle such questions head-on, and the subsequent opportunity to help build a community centered around grappling with these challenging themes jumped out at me.

Q. What are you most excited for in this position?

A. This summer I’m excited to explore in more depth the vision of a PeaceTech Living-Learning Community as seen by the program visionaries, my co-leaders and other interested students, and bring together the resources to best support this vision in the fall.

Q. What does PeaceTech mean for you?

A. For me, PeaceTech boils down to the conscientious use of technology. It means simultaneously addressing the present, learning from the past and taking responsibility for the future, with the goal of making life better for some or many.


Hannah Brubacher Kaethler

Program: 2nd year Knowledge Integration

Term: Winter 2020

Hannah KQ. What made you apply to be a PeaceTech Living-Learning Community Peer Leader?

A. I have always been very conscious about this issue and thought critically about our use of technology and the implications that it can have on our society. When I heard about this I initially thought that it would be a fun thing to join as I will only be a second year next year. However after a few people tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I had applied, I felt a calling toward this position. I am excited to see where it takes me!

Q. What are you most excited for in this position?

A. Honestly I'm excited to see how this develops. There are a lot of unknowns right now and I love the fact that we get to build what this will look like for the years to come. I'm excited to build relationships with people, especially since this Living Learning Community will attract an interdisciplinary audience full of critical thinkers.

Q. What does PeaceTech mean for you?

A. To me PeaceTech means thinking about how what we build and research and already use on a daily basis has many more implications that what it appears on the surface. It means thinking about how things that don't effect us can effect others, and about how our actions do have an impact. It means thinking beyond what we're building and what problems it will solve to see what we could be destroying and what problems we could be causing in the process. It is a broad topic that we can apply to most of our lives, and I hope this Living-Learning Community can help us see it in all aspects of our lives. 


Jonathan Smith

Program: 4th year Computer Science & Business Administration

Term: Spring 2019

JonathanQ. What made you apply to be a PeaceTech Living-Learning Community Peer Leader?

A. Over the last few years it has been rewarding to see undergraduates come together who are interested in both peace and technology. A Living-Learning Community is a way of empowering students to become involved quicker and more effectively. I'd like to see it become a sustainable way of encouraging technology initiatives across campus to focus more on peacemaking.

Q. What are you most excited for in this position?

A. I'm excited to have smart people from diverse backgrounds all working together.

Q. What does PeaceTech mean for you?

A. Pursuing justice with the most advanced technologies available to us.


Grace Wright

Program: 4th year Political Science & Business

Term: Fall 2019

Grace WrightQ. What made you apply to be a PeaceTech Living-Learning Community Peer Leader?

A. I wanted to be a PeaceTech Living-Learning Community Peer Leader because I think often the fields of peacebuilding and technology are siloed but have a lot to offer to one another, and I think this community offers a unique space to explore the opportunity to bring the two fields together. It's something I am very excited about and I want to get other students passionate about as well, and being a Peer Leader gives me the opportunity to spread that excitement in meaningful and engaging ways. 

Q. What are you most excited for in this position?

A. I'm really looking forward to being a part of diverse and interdisciplinary conversations about the intersection of technology and peacebuilding. I think having multiple perspectives on how technology and peacebuilding interact is crucial for having constructive conversations about the ethical and social impacts of technology.

Q. What does PeaceTech mean for you?

A. PeaceTech to me means using insights from peacebuilding and technology together to advance good in our local and global communities.