Hannah Heinzekehr | March 16, 2020
Bina D’Costa, M.A. 1997, has been selected to receive the Kroc Institute’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award. D’Costa is professor of international relations and peace and conflict studies specialist at the Australian National University and engaged in humanitarian peacebuilding efforts around the world. Her research and practice focuses on the intersections between politics, human rights, and security in Asia, with particular emphases on gender justice and global migration.
Each year, the Distinguished Alumni Award honors Notre Dame graduates in peace studies whose careers and lives exemplify the ideals of international peacebuilding.
Regarding D’Costa’s selection for the 2020 award, Anne Hayner, associate director for alumni relations at the Kroc Institute, wrote, “The selection committee was impressed by Bina’s commitment to engaged research, teaching, and policy advocacy in pursuit of the goals of justice and peacebuilding. Her courage and creativity in tackling the interrelated issues of migration, human rights, political violence, transitional justice, environment and gender live out the model of the scholar-practitioner peacebuilder.”
D’Costa is excited to return to Notre Dame, a place where she says she “learned who I was and how I wanted to work at peacebuilding.”
“The Kroc Institute is where I really learned what it meant to not only study peace, but to practice peacebuilding through our everyday discussions,” she says. “Globally we can see deeply authoritarian regimes developing from the U.S., to Latin America, and in many parts of Asia, including my home country, Bangladesh. At this time, it’s incredibly important that we return to some of those discussions and teachings on peacebuilding from Notre Dame and bring them into conversation in many different disciplines.”
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