Established in 2001, the Trudeau Centre is home to a multidisciplinary undergraduate program - Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies (PCJ) - which attracts top-achieving students who go on to take positions in prominent international organizations such as the United Nations, work on social justice issues through non-governmental organizations, and pursue graduate degrees in law and social sciences.
Students work within and beyond the traditional purview of international affairs, studying interstate war as well as major conflict inside countries, including revolution, insurgency, ethnic strife, guerrilla war, terrorism, and genocide. They seek to identify the deep causes of this strife—from poverty, resource scarcity, and weapons proliferation to competing claims for justice and failures of foreign-policy decision making. In doing so, PCJ students come to understand and evaluate the prolonged consequences of exposure to conflict and political violence.
The Centre offers PCJ students the opportunity to engage beyond the classroom through peer-to-peer mentorship programming, the Fellows Seminar series, and specific Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives, such as the Indigenous Cultural Competency Training (ICCT) and the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity (ARCDO) seminars among others. The Centre also collaborate with several NGOs throughout the Greater Toronto Area to offer individual internships during the school year that build on the program’s service learning course (PCJ362H) and enhance the experiential learning of PCJ students. Active participation in Trudeau Centre programs and events is an essential part of being a member of the PCJ community and an important complement to our academic curriculum.
The Trudeau Centre can count on the invaluable support of its Advisory Board, whose members provide strategic advice to the Director of the Trudeau Centre on the academic mission and help to increase the Trudeau Centre’s visibility and presence in the U of T community and in civil society. The Board also collaborates to create opportunities for mentorships, partnerships, and internships with organizations where Board members are connected, and seeks to build key relationships with individuals, foundations and corporations to advance and implement fundraising goals that support the priorities of the Trudeau Centre.