Iowa Community

Though our policy work takes us around the globe, we remain committed to our community by promoting local opportunities that emphasize human rights and social justice.

Our commitment to Global Education for the Iowa community

The Stanley Center for Peace and Security was founded in 1956 by C. Maxwell “Max” and Elizabeth M. “Betty” Stanley. The Stanley family intentionally based the center in Muscatine, Iowa—home to Max Stanley’s two global companies, which still exist today.

Our location provides a valuable vantage point from which to conduct our pursuit of global policy progress and enables us to continue the Stanley family’s commitment to our hometown through our Global Education program.

The goals of the Global Education program at the Stanley Center are to foster inclusive dialogue, celebrate diverse perspectives, and promote equity to build a more peaceful and just world. Our unique emphasis continues to be on partnering with the Muscatine community–specifically local educators and organizations–to grow global awareness and understanding.

Featured Activities

Inclusive Dialogue

This series brings renowned writers in dialogue with Muscatine students and community members to foster empathy, inspire critical reflection on crucial social issues, and grow a more welcoming and globally-aware community in Iowa.

Learn more.

The Catherine Miller Explorer Awards

The opportunity to learn abroad can expand the horizons of any traveler, no matter his or her vocation. But when teachers have the opportunity, the experience has ripple effects throughout a community. It enhances their ability to support students from diverse backgrounds, adds new perspective to their classrooms, and helps them become stronger educators. Each spring, the Stanley Center invites local teachers to apply for a summer study tour outside of the United States. The awards are named after Catherine Miller, a longtime Muscatine educator who was an avid traveler and always sought to expand her students’ understanding of the world. Winners are announced in the fall.

See past winners.

Investigation U

This summer day camp for seventh graders encourages young people to think about the world beyond their town by providing new experiences and introducing a curriculum focused on global connections. Campers take field trips, explore cultures, try different foods, make new friends, and celebrate global citizenship.

International Day

This annual event, organized in partnership with several entities at the University of Iowa, brings together students from nearly a dozen Iowa middle schools to learn how to take meaningful action in their communities and across the world. Each year, one of the articles under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is chosen to guide the curriculum.

Global Education Institute for Teachers

How can teachers develop globally minded students in the 21st century? This annual seminar helps Iowa teachers answer this question through lectures, activities, and conversations. Teachers learn new strategies and skills for helping their students become active global citizens.

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Are you a student, teacher, or member of our community with a question about our programs in Iowa? Contact us to learn more.