Dr. Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams, a native of Laventille, Trinidad & Tobago, is the inaugural Daria L. & Eric J. Wallach Professor & Director of Peace and Justice Studies, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Affiliate of Education, and Advisory Committee Member for International & Global Studies, Public Policy, and Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. His doctorate is in International Educational Development and Peace Education from Columbia University, and his research and writing center on school/structural violence, educational inequity, and youth/community empowerment.
He is the founder of CONAPP (Consortium of North American Peace Programs). He was a Visiting Scholar (2015-2016) at the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and he is one of the inaugural Emerging Scholar Award recipients of CIES’s African Diaspora Special Interest Group (2017). He is Co-Chair for the International Peace Research Association 2023 Conference, and is a recipient of both a Spencer Foundation Grant and a Fulbright Global Scholar Award for a (2021-2023) project on decolonial peace and justice education that will take him to Ghana, Brazil, Jamaica, and Georgia (USA) to document Afro-centric, youth-based work.
Hakim travels the world conducting workshops and trainings on restorative circles, mediation, conflict resolution, antiracism, DEI (diversity, equity & inclusion), and intercultural competencies with students, teachers, parents, and community leaders.
…Stand tall in your beauteous skin…