The Peace Study Center Advisory Council exists to build relationships with educational partners and philanthropic leaders. The members help the Peace Study Center develop a high-quality network of contacts in the peace education, social justice and childcare fields and, through their support, ensures the future success of Center. The Advisory Council maintains a close relationship with the Board of Directors and provides professional advice and conducts outreach to further the Center’s goals and objectives.
Matthew Clay-Robison graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BFA in Graphic Design. He worked professionally as a graphic designer before switching careers to work with Master Printer James Stroud at Center Street Studio in Boston, MA. Since earning an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Maryland in 2003, Clay-Robison has taught printmaking, drawing and design at the University of Maryland, Bloomsburg University, and Moore College of Art & Design. Clay-Robison served as Gallery Director at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL where he also taught Drawing and The History of African-American Art. He is currently the Gallery Director at York College of Pennsylvania and lives in Baltimore, MD. He has held solo exhibitions at Mount St. Mary’s College, Southern Illinois University, University of Maryland, and Bloomsburg University and has shown in group exhibitions in Japan, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Washington, DC, Jacksonville, FL and Minneapolis. His work is in several public and private collections including the Library of Congress, Dr. David C. Driskell Collection, and Dr. Robert E. Steele Collection.
Patricia K. Dean
Patricia K. Dean, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD, teaching education courses in the Teacher Education Department. Although Patty teaches a wide variety of courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels, her specialties are children’s writing, children’s literature, literacy and social justice areas. Prior to earning her Ph.D. from Penn State and moving to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2002, she was a primary school teacher for 20 years in Pennsylvania. Currently, she is serving as the president of the Literacy and Social Responsibility Special Interest Group, part of the International Reading Association. Patty is also on the selection committee for the Green Earth Book Awards, given annually in 5 categories, honoring children’s literature that not only focuses on the environment, but gives a message of empowerment/stewardship to the readers from early years to young adult.
Rev. Tom Harris
Rev. Tom Harris has served as the Pastor of Govans Presbyterian Church for 7 years. Prior to that he served churches in North Charleston, SC and Deckerville, MI. He graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary in December of 1999 where he earned a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Spirituality. He also has a Bachelors in Sociology from Clemson University. He is currently married with two children.