Breakout: Lessons Learned From People-To-People Exchange and Citizen Diplomacy by Ms. Syuzanna Petrosyan

***Updated: January 25, 2016***


This session will discuss the theory and best practices of peace-building and the important role of citizen dialogue and diplomacy in this process, using examples from the Middle East, South Caucasus, Turkey, and college campuses.

Syuzanna Petrosyan is an Associate Director at the Institute of Armenian Studies at University of Southern California and co-founder of the Turkey-Armenia branch of the Olive Tree Initiative (OTI), University of California at Irvine. OTI is an award-winning international experiential learning program that brings students and community members on annual educational fact-finding trips to conflict zones around the world (Middle East, South Caucasus, and Turkey). She has previously worked in Armenia as well as at the USC Shoah Foundation, a nonprofit organization which collects, digitizes, and archives testimonies of genocide survivors from around the world for educational and research purposes. Syuzanna earned her Bachelor’s Degree from UC Irvine and her Master’s Degree in Public Diplomacy from USC.

Breakout Session: Lessons Learned From People-to-People Exchange and Citizen Diplomacy. Led by Ms. Syuzanna Petrosyan, Institute of Armenian Studies, University of Southern California.

***Note: Due to unavoidable reasons, the originally scheduled presenter Dr. Daniel Wehrenfennig is unable to be with us on Feb. 6th.***

This is one of three Breakout sessions at Mission Connections: Listening to all voices, 6 February, 2016, Tustin Presbyterian Church. The goal of the Summit is to provide a place for people, interested in world mission and local community engagement in our Presbytery churches, though all are welcome. We gather and connect with each other, to learn about mission topics and ministries, and to share ideas. How can I find out what other churches are doing? How can I share what I am doing? What are the opportunities for serving together in mission? These are questions we hear all the time. Well, join the blog, read the posts, interact, and engage at Mission Connections on February 6th at Tustin Pres. Church!

Mission Connections is free and all are invited. Please follow this link to Evite to complete your registration online: To register by phone, please call Bonita Carr (714-956-3691 X122).