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 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. All positions are currently filled. To learn more contact the Reiff Center Director, Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter

Find out more about the Reiff Center Interns

Congratulations Kerry Campbell, 2014 Santoro Prize recipient.

Compete for the $1,000 Santoro Prize!

Do you have great research, writing and / or creative skills? Are you interested in human rights, genocide studies and/or conflict resolution? If so, this competition is for you.

The Reiff Center is pleased to announce the second annual $1,000 Santoro Prize for the best scholarly or creative student project related to the Center’s mission. Currently enrolled CNU undergraduates are eligible to participate. The prize is named for Anthony R. Santoro, CNU President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of History.

Finished projects must be submitted by March 31, 2015, using the form below. Please contact the Director of the Reiff Center, Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter, at with questions.

The award committee will judge submissions according to the following criteria:

  • Scholarly Papers -- originality, argumentation, depth of analysis, writing style
  • Creative Submissions -- originality, depth of insight or theme exploration, disciplinary integrity

Submission guidelines:

  • Papers must be no longer than 25 pages of double-spaced text
  • Citation style is open to the author’s choice (APA, MLA, Chicago)
  • The author’s identity should not appear anywhere on the submission
  • A one-page (300-word) abstract must accompany each submission
  • A short letter or email of support from a CNU faculty member discussing the academic value and significance of the project
  • For creative projects, please contact Dr. Reuter
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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!