Steven Gelb, Ph.D. was Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of San Diego until his retirement one year ago. Over time his interests focused increasingly on creating peace and building community. He founded a Peace Education certificate program, served as a credentialed, volunteer community mediator for the National Conflict Resolution Center, and practiced dialogue with the Public Conversations Project. He found his calling four years ago when he participated in an Alternatives to Violence Project prison workshop. Since then he has gone on to facilitate workshops, in both English and Spanish, in five state prisons and has developed and coordinated AVP community workshops in San Diego and Tijuana. He is also a member of the AVP California Steering Committee.
Steven is also active in immigration reform, serving on the leadership team of SOLACE, an interfaith group that visits immigrants at the for-profit detention center near Mexico. A zen student for the past 18