Voices from University for Peace Philippines and United States

Broadcast on February 12, 2012
With Jamila-Aisha Sanguila & Elizabeth Henke

Jamila-Aisha Sanguila

Professor at Mindanao State University, Youth Leadership Summit facilitator

Jamila-Aisha Sanguila is from Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte in Mindanao, Philippines.  She is a daughter to a Muslim father and Christian mother.  Her experience as a product of intermarriage gave her an advantage to bridge understanding in a conflict-ridden area of Mindanao.

She is a faculty member of the Department of History at Mindanao State University-Main Campus and a former Coordinator of Civic Welfare Training Service and Silsilah Forum Marawi of Silsilah Dialogue Movement. She was one of the active facilitators in the Youth Leadership Summit in Mindanao, empowering young individuals especially in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao. She is a member of Silsilah Dialogue Movement, an interfaith movement that promotes better relations and deeper understanding between Christians, Muslims, and people of other living faith.  An active promoter of spirituality of life in dialogue, a peacebuilder, historian, and gender activist, Jamila hopes to be an instrument of change for a peaceful and better Mindanao.

In 2011, she was awarded by The Nippon Foundation of Japan as one of the fellows in Asia Leaders Dual Campus Programme (Ateneo de Manila-University for Peace).  She is currently pursuing her Masters in Gender and Peacebuilding in United Nations-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Elizabeth Henke

School community organizer, peace educator
Elizabeth Henke is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA but has spent several years living abroad.  After graduating from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a triple major in Studio Art, Peace Studies, and Education, she moved on to student teach studio art at Kodaikanal International School in Tamil Nadu, India.  Having benefited from a Montessori education from Children’s House through 8th grade, she was destined to seek Montessori certification.  She obtained the AMI Elementary diploma at the Centro Internazionale di Studi Montessoriani in Bergamo, Italy and went on to pioneer the upper elementary program on the tiny South Pacific island of Saipan for two years.  She then moved to teach at the Montessori High School at University Circle in Cleveland, Ohio where she developed an ethics curriculum, coordinated the school's community partnerships, and facilitated the high school student group Montessori Peace Now. Elizabeth is an avid reader, musician, artist, and activist.  She specializes in interpersonal communication, nonviolent action, and art as a vehicle for social change.  Currently, Elizabeth is a Master's student in Peace Education at the UN mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.