Going into college, Kentaro aspired to study nuclear issues, specifically to learn how to bridge the gap between nuclear powers and non-nuclear powers and to learn about the processes that lead to the systemic exposure of violence in certain communities. Guilford provided him not only the ability to study these topics in the classroom but to gain hands-on experience solving the issues he cares about most.
In class with Professor Emeritus of Peace and Conflict Studies Vernie Davis, Kentaro had the opportunity to interview activists who were a part of anti-nuclear movements in the 1980s. “It was a really precious experience for me, and I learned how to change a society through activism,” Kentaro says.
He also learned a lot from his courses with Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies Zulfiya Tursunova. She provided a number of experiential learning opportunities, including one project where Kentaro conducted a survey with classmates about whether or not the FaithAction ID card for people who do not have a government issued ID is actually useful.
“These classes help me gain a better understanding of issues in a society and how to change them,” Kentaro says. “The hands-on research made it possible for me to make connections between concepts I learned in classes and the actual situations.”