Peace activist from Northern Ireland next International Visiting Scholar

January 22, 2009

Siobhan Fitzpatrick is the Chief Executive Officer of Early Years, the largest organization in Northern Ireland for young children. Ms. Fitzpatrick and Early Years have hosted the Presidential International Service Learning Program in Belfast for the past four years. This program allows Wheelock students and alumni to learn about helping children who are living in communities affected by violence to heal.

Early Years promotes high quality childcare for children and their families by offering information, training, and support to its member organizations which include play, parent and toddler, and day care groups, as well as nursery schools, classes, and after school programs.

Under Ms. Fitzpatrick’s leadership, Early Years has taken a lead role in the reconciliation efforts underway in Northern Ireland after decades of sectarian fighting. The organization promotes the value of the early childhood years and fosters a culture of listening, support, strong parent and community involvement, and inclusion through diversity and respect for others.

Ms. Fitzpatrick will share her decades of experience in the field of early childhood education and reconciliation.

For more information about this event and about working with Ms. Fitzpatrick while she is on campus, please contact:

Lauren Thorman

Dr. Diane Levin

Thursday, January 22, 2009
4:00 p.m.
Ladd Room

President’s reception to follow

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