Elavie Ndura

Dr. Elavie Ndura is an international education expert with over 20 years of experience in developing, implementing, and managing intercultural education along with teaching English to speakers of other languages programs in the United States and Burundi. She is currently a tenured Professor of Education in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University. She is the founder and coordinator of the Shinnyo Fellowship for Peacebuilding through Intercultural Dialogue, a program which provides students with service and leadership experiences that enhance their critical social consciousness and their capacity to engage culturally diverse communities in transformative actions that contribute to intercultural understanding and peacemaking locally and globally.

Professor Ndura publishes extensively on the central role of formal and non-formal education in peacebuilding. Her numerous interdisciplinary publications that merge critical multicultural education and peace education, and examine immigrants’ acculturation have appeared in several books and various scholarly journals including the Harvard Educational Review; Multicultural Perspectives; and the Journal of Peace Education. She co-authored 147 Tips for Teaching Peace and Reconciliation (Atwood Publishing, 2009). She is co-editor of Exploring the Power of Nonviolence: Peace, Politics and Practice (Syracuse University Press, In Press); Seeds of New Hope: Pan-African Peace Studies for the 21st Century (Africa World Press, 2009); Seeds Bearing Fruit: Pan-African Peace Action for the 21st Century (Africa World Press, 2011); and Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009). A frequently sought-after speaker, she has delivered over 150 presentations, keynotes, and lectures at local, national, and international professional gatherings.

Professor Ndura is the recipient of many awards including the 2010-2011 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s 2011 Peace Educator of the Year Award; the 2008 United Burundian Community Association Imboneza Award; and the 2004 Reno-Sparks NAACP Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Award.

She serves on the Executive Boards of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and the Peace Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association; the International Peace Research Association Council; and is the founder of the Burundi Schools Project which seeks donations of dictionaries and other instructional materials to benefit schools in Burundi, Africa.

Professor Ndura holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University, USA; a M.Ed. In Teaching English for Specific Purposes from the University of Exeter, England; and a B.A. in Arts and Social Sciences with emphasis in English Language and Literature from the University of Burundi; and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Advanced Skills from George Mason University.