In 1974, renowned CU peace researchers Elise and Kenneth Boulding began a pioneering program to prepare students for careers in peacemaking. Since then, the Peace, Conflict, and Security Program (PACS) at CU has produced hundreds of young peace professionals. With its offshoot programs like the Graduate Concentration in Social Conflict, INVST, the Conflict Information Consortium and the Ombuds Office, PACS has helped build the University of Colorado's reputation as a center of applied peace and conflict learning. Recent books by PACS faculty and graduates suggest its intellectual contribution to peace and conflict scholarship.

As the only opportunity in the university for students to study conflict patterns and resolution across levels — from interpersonal to global — PACS is a unique academic enterprise. A student earns the PACS Certificate through three core and six other peace-relevant courses. PACS maintains a website with links leading students to graduate study, internships and employment opportunities in peacemaking and social change organizations.

The world after September 11 presents students with a new challenge. More of them than ever seek ways to reduce destructive conflict and injustice at home and abroad. While PACS is alive and well at CU, it could easily train twice the number of certificate students it now does. With a funding base of its own, it could offer more courses, develop internships, award an annual student paper prize and expand its career placement.

With initial donations of $25,000, we have established the Colorado Peace Studies Endowment (Pure) to honor the contributions of the Bouldings and other CU faculty to peace scholarship. As it grows toward a goal of $250,000 the Endowment, with its earnings, will increasingly provide PACS with the support it needs. Tax-deductible donations may be made by credit card, check, phone, or stock.

For credit card, please visit the Colorado Peace Studies Endowment Fund, CU Boulder Foundation website.

For check, please complete the giving form and mail it along with your check to the address noted on the form.

  • On the giving form, please write 'Colorado Peace Studies Endowment' as the gift you are supporting
  • The check can be made out to: University of Colorado Foundation (Memo Line on check: Colorado Peace Studies Endowment) 

Attn: Margaret Bryant
University of Colorado Foundation
PO Box 17126
Denver, CO 80217-9155

For phone, please call +1 (303) 541-1290, Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm MT, and a CU Foundation representative will be happy to accept and process your gift. Please be specific in directing your gift to the Colorado Peace Studies Endowment.

For stock, contact CU Foundation Accounting at or 303-813-7935. Please be specific in directing your gift to the Colorado Peace Studies Endowment.

To speak with someone about PACS or the Endowment, be in touch with Margaret Bryant at +1 (303) 541-1474