The Reiff Center’s programs and academic offerings provide various ways to study genocide, human rights violations and conflict while exploring ways to combat these global problems. These include the following:

  • GOVT 329: International Human Rights
  • GOVT 322: Conflict and Peace Studies
  • GOVT 410: Ethnic Conflict and Nationalism
  • The future minor in international human rights and conflict resolution
  • The Peace Workshop
  • Opportunities for service learning and internships
  • Conferences and public events
  • Undergraduate research - Borgenicht Fellowship
  • The Santoro Prize
  • Learning beyond the classroom, including summer projects and study abroad


The Reiff Center Interns support the Center by organizing events, researching topics related to the Reiff Center's mission, posting on the Reiff Center Blog, and engaging in outreach and marketing. To learn more contact the Reiff Center Director, Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter.

Find out more about the Spring 2014 Reiff Center Interns

The Santoro Prize

Santoro Prize

The first annual Santoro Prize was awarded to senior political science and history double-major Kerry Campbell on April 14, 2014. The $1,000 Prize is given for the best scholarly or creative student project related to the Reiff Center’s mission, which is “to raise awareness of the horrors of genocide, human rights violations, and conflict and to study ways in which to overcome these scourges by examining the international and national application of human rights, conflict resolution, and peace studies.” For the 2013-14 contest, we had almost 20 submissions, which were reviewed by a selection committee in a blind review process.

This year’s winning paper was written on the important role President Jimmy Carter had on the negotiations of the Camp David Accords, brokering peace between Israel and Egypt. The paper shows how President Carter’s understanding of the complexities in the Middle East and his persistence in bringing a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict paved the way for a treaty that provides the basis for a Middle Eastern peace process to this day. The description of each of the main negotiators’ motives and the analysis of the circumstances leading up to the two historical weeks at Camp David are particularly intriguing. It serves as a reminder of how much of peace making depends on personalities, timing, and flexibility. The paper is well-researched, well-written and an important contribution to the Reiff Center’s conflict resolution focus. 

The Reiff Center staff congratulates Kerry on this excellent paper!

Picture, L to R: Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter, Reiff Center Director; Kerry Campbell, 2014 Santoro Prize winner, Dr. Theodore R. Reiff, MD

The next Santoro Prize competition will take place in the 2014-15 academic year. Finished projects will be due at the end of March 2015. Check back for more details at the beginning of the fall semester. 

The Santoro Prize is named for  Dr. Anthony Santoro, CNU President Emeritus, Distinguished Professor of History, and Chairman of the Reiff Center Advisory Board. 

Borgenicht Fellowship

The Borgenicht Fellowship (up to $1,000 annually) is awarded to the best scholarly or creative student project proposal(s) related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process. The fellowship is named for the late Louis Borgenicht, author of The Happiest Man, which prophesied the need for rapprochement and peace between Arabs and Jews. Awardees must send a progress report to the Center’s director after a period of time determined by the awardee and director. A final product (publication, exhibition, etc.) is expected.

  • The next Borgenicht Fellowship competition will take place in the spring semester 2015. All students who will be enrolled at CNU throughout summer 2015 are encouraged to apply.
  • Proposals need to include (not to exceed 3 pages):
    • Abstract: Please provide a short short project description (250-500 words).
    • Objectives: What are the objectives of your study? What questions are you hoping to answer? Please provide your research questions/objectives and an outline of your project.
    • Plan: How will you approach your project? What is your plan of action? Please provide a tentative timetable and descriptions of what resources you will use, travel (if applicable) etc.
    • Outlets: How and where will you present your findings? Please discuss your plans for future research, writing, presentation, and/or submission to a journal or conference of your research. 

Please contact the Reiff Center Director, Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter at, with any questions.


Student Organizations affiliated with the Reiff Center

STAND Logo CNU Model International logo

STAND is the student-led movement to end mass atrocities. At its core, STAND's mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. Find out more about what you can do in your community and on CNU's campus to help facilitate awareness by following STAND on Facebook or by emailing Hayley Struzik, the President of STAND. The club meets every second week.

Upcoming Events 

TBD for the fall semester
Model International combines Model UN and Model Arab League at CNU. Model UN and Model Arab League simulate the UN General Assembly and the meetings of the League of Arab States respectively. Students represent specific member states of the UN/Arab League and debate current issues on the organization's agenda. Student delegates make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and learn the Model's rules of procedure. Learn more about Model UN and Model Arab League. To find out how you can get involved at CNU, follow Model International on Facebook or email John D'Angelo, the president of Model International. 

Upcoming Events

High School Model United Nations Conference, May 15-17, 2015. Details will be posted soon!