Assistant Director and Special Instructor
The David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding
Shemaina Maeve is the Assistant Director of the McKay Center and a Special Instructor. In this role, she works closely with the field directors to coordinate all the McKay Center’s efforts in regards to mediation, community work, media, and Arbinger facilitation. She also teaches classes in Intercultural Peacebuilding and Gender.
Her emphasis has been in restorative justice, peacebuilding, mediation, and gender equality. She worked for Arbinger as a client services specialist. In Southern California she worked with youth at risk in a Restorative Justice Teen Court where she taught conflict resolution courses and mediated for families, counselors, as well as participants with different gang affiliations. She is involved with the Alternatives to Violence Project that teaches principles of non violence both in and outside of prisons within the U.S. She also works with a number of nonprofits including the AHA! Peacebuilders. During her time in Costa Rica she continued facilitating peacebuilding workshops as she worked with the women and refugees of her local community. She is a certified Empowerment Self-Defense instructor for women, transwomen, and members of the gender fluid community.
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.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Peacebuilding and Anthropology from BYU-Hawai’i and a Master’s degree in Gender and Peacebuilding from the UN University for Peace-Costa Rica.