"I love the way Bryn Mawr allows me to integrate my academic work with my extracurricular work in conflict resolution."

"As a sister and mentor to two younger brothers, I developed conflict-resolution skills at home, but it wasn't until I came to Bryn Mawr that I realized that I have both a talent for and a profound interest in that kind of work. I was fascinated by the Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies course I took as a first-year student, and when I got an e-mail asking students to apply to be trained as peer mediators, I thought, 'Here's a practical application of what I've been learning in my favorite class.'

"During my junior and senior years, my academic work has become increasingly self-directed. I'm now working on a thesis about the role of reconciliation in post-conflict societies—what role if any does it play in creating a lasting peace? My thesis focuses on the case of Northern Ireland, but the basic research questions were prompted by my work with Conflict Management Services on campus. I love the way Bryn Mawr allows me to integrate my academic work with my extracurricular interests."

Jessica Gibbs '09
Doylestown, Pa.

Major: political science, with concentrations in peace & conflict studies and international politics

Note: Jessica Gibbs '09 is a mediator and conflict coach with Bryn Mawr's Conflict Management Services and as a peer mentor in the College's Peer Mentoring Service. Last summer she worked for HasNa, a Washington, D.C.-based NGO that coordinates conflict-resolution programs in Cyprus and Turkey.

Jessica Gibbs '09