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David Whippy

John Doe

Associate Professor

The David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding



McKay Center


David Whippy is an assistant professor of Intercultural Peacebuilding at BYU-Hawaii. In this role, he teaches undergraduate courses on transformative mediation, non government organisations and peacebuilding, peace education and peace ecology.

Currently he's working on a major project in the Middle East with the Arbinger Institute and PeacePlayers International to create sustainable peace among Israeli and Palestinian communities. He is also helping steer a new project with PeacePlayers and Nike brining together inner city communities and law enforcement officers in Baltimore, Detroit, Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

David has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from BYU-Hawaii, a master's degree from the School of Government, Development and International Affairs at the University of the South Pacific in Diplomacy and International Affairs. He is currently working on his PhD dissertation through the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago. His dissertation is centered on peace education in Fiji as a non-violent means of addressing the reoccurring conflicts in the islands.

He continues to work as a trainer and facilitator in the field, as well as consulting NGOs and facilitators on programs, projects and curriculum.