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About Abbie Jenks

Professor Abbie Jenks came to GCC in 1998 with a wealth of experience in the field of mental health and social work. First hired as Program Coordinator of the Human Service Program, Abbie revamped the Human Services curriculum and has taught all of the required courses in the program, as well as several courses in psychology. Social justice has always been a theme in her work and after the onset of the Iraq War, she created a Liberal Arts Option in Peace, Justice and Environmental Studies. Offered in this Option are the Introduction to Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Psychology of Peace, Conflict and Violence and Peacemaking and Sustainability in Practice: Strategies for a Sustainable Future.She is co-advisor to the new Peace, Justice and Environmental Action Alliance along with John Tierney, psychology professor. In addition, she has been a member of the original GCC Response Initiative (now the Peace Education Center Advisory Committee), formed after the events of 9/11 and works in collaboration with other staff and faculty to bring speakers, films and other events to the campus. As a Board member of Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, Ms. Jenks collaborates on programming including the new Roots of Peace Speaker series. She is a grassroots peace and human rights advocate and brings this experience and connection with the community to her work at GCC. Her leadership in the New England Peace Studies Association and the national Peace and Justice Studies Association has brought national attention to the program at GCC.

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