WILMINGTON — The Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College has updated its vision and mission statements to better reflect its current activities and place more of an emphasis on its purpose as defined at its founding some 42 years ago.
The new vision statement holds that, “To study Hiroshima and Nagasaki is to commit to peace,” while the essence of the new mission statement reads, “The Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College works for peace by bearing witness to the historical experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing survivors and the legacies of nonviolent activists touched by the horrors of nuclear war.”
PRC director Dr. Tanya Maus said the development of the updated statements was a yearlong process of collaboration with the Peace Resource Center’s Advisory Board throughout the 2016-17 academic year. Antinuclear weapons activist Barbara Reynolds founded the center in 1975.
“There was a need to narrow and refine the focus of the PRC to connect more closely with its original founding purpose, which is to use its Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial Collection as a means for creating awareness and motivating action in regard to nuclear disarmament on the Wilmington College campus, in the Wilmington community, regionally, nationally and globally,” she said.
Maus added that the new mission statement also identifies four core commitments that inform the work of the center: commitments to nonviolence, disarmament, peacy inquiry and consciousness, and just peace.
The Peace Resource Center is working with its board in beginning a strategic planning process that aligns with its new vision and mission. The full mission statement can be viewed on the center‘s webpage at www.wilmington.edu/the-wilmington-difference/prc/.