Iowa Community

Though our policy work takes us around the globe, we remain committed to our local community and to building the next generation of global citizens from Iowa.

Our commitment to 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 global operations while also ensuring we continue the Stanley family’s commitment to local programming that helps young Iowans grow as involved, educated global citizens.

Local programming organized by the Stanley Center includes strong partnerships with Muscatine Community School District teachers and educational opportunities for young people. These efforts are rooted in the belief that good global citizenship begins at home.

Featured Activities

Inclusive Dialogue: Empathy in Times of Chaos

Iowans are living in a time when the public health and economic shocks of COVID-19 are further fracturing our already polarized society. As part of the Stanley Center’s work to promote empathy and global citizenship in our local community, we co-organized a virtual discussion with Imbolo Mbue, award-winning author of the New York Times Bestseller, Behold the Dreamers. Watch the virtual discussion that took place on Friday, November 13, 2020.

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 summer, 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 mid-January.

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.

Contact Us

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