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Alumni Success Stories

The following testimonials represent the diverse learning experiences, academic achievements, and post-graduation successes of the alumni of the Department of Conflict Resolution Studies.

If you're an alumnus/a of our department, we'd like to hear from you! Contact our faculty or department chair to share your academic, professional, or personal success story.

Lisa McBride

Lisa McBridePh.D. | Class of 2007

Dr. Lisa McBride was recently named to the editorial board of INSIGHT Into Diversity. INSIGHT Into Diversity connects potential employees with institutions and businesses seeking a workforce more reflective of the community. It is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today.

Dr. McBride was appointed the first Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Salem State University. She’ll join Salem State from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), where she served as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer. There she implemented the President’s Diversity Council, developed a Diversity Leadership Speaker Series, and created and developed the Cultural Competency Training/Curriculum. Prior to coming to PCOM, Dr. McBride was the Special Assistant to the President for Equity, Justice, and Diversity and University Ombudsperson at California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U). Before that she held several positions in the Florida State University system and had an extensive career in law enforcement. In addition to her doctoral degree, Dr. McBride holds an M.S. and B.S. in Criminology from Indiana State University.

Of her time at NSU, Lisa said: “I attribute my success to the education that I received in the Ph.D. program in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). The skills and techniques of practice I learned at NSU as it relates to policy and program development, and cultural analysis have been critical to my professional development as a Senior Administrator in higher education. I will be forever grateful to the NSU faculty most importantly for always emphasizing the importance of having the ideals and values of courage, truth, compassion, dignity, humility and service.”

Anita Sugimura Holsapple

Anita HolsappleM.S. | Class of 2008

Anita Sugimura Holsapple, a graduate of our MS program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, recently produced a film entitled Battlefield: Home—Breaking the Silence. It includes stories of what our veterans have to battle upon their return home from duty.

The film gives insight into the chronic PTSD that some returning veterans suffer and the challenge that they face in trying to re-enter non-war scenarios. This PTSD not only affects the soldier but their family as well. Owing to pride and a fear of being labeled, these veterans often hesitate to get help. The survival skills necessary for the battlefield are soon discovered to be less than adequate for the fight back to normalcy upon return from the battlefield. The invisible wounds of war are often difficult to diagnose and cope with.

Anita screened the film in 2016 at NSU’s Veterans’ Resource Center, and it was viewed by a packed room of faculty, staff, students, community members, and the President of the university himself, Dr. George Hanbury. United States Marine Corps Veteran and NSU student Walter Castio stated that he “found the video to be interesting and accurate, as it is a struggle for vets when they come back from overseas. This research may be the beginning of significant change, as people tend to pay more attention to the visual than just solely data and words on paper."

Gabrielle Grant

Gabrielle GrantPh.D. | Class of 2015

Gabrielle Grant is an alumni of the PhD program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Today she is quite busy, working in Cambodia on multiple projects utilizing her research skills, in particular qualitative research. She spent the first few months in the field working for Plan International evaluating a child rights program in rural Cambodian schools. Another project was evaluating the nutrition program in various orphanages in India. She is now working on a number of small projects for various international NGOs and Government Agencies.

Gabrielle says now is a good time to be in Cambodia as it speaks to her interest and experience. The government is in the process of decentralizing its social affairs and services in addition to creating a juvenile justice system. She is being flooded with opportunities in helping to build systems from the ground up. She finds her job quite rewarding.

Gabrielle went on to relate an opportunity wherein she stated, “Things recently really came full circle in regards to conflict resolution, as my boss and I have just finished a report on access to justice for indigenous women in Laos for UN Women. My supervisor has completed similar studies in Cambodia for UN Women. Access to justice for women within informal justice systems in Southeast Asia gets a great deal of attention from the UN Women offices in this area, so I feel like we will get to do similar studies all over the region.”

All in all she feels quite blessed to have this opportunity she currently has and could not have wished for a more perfect job for herself.

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