Mussa, Fosheim Named 2016 Peace Scholars

Augustana Peace Scholars

Peace Scholars Rahiwa Mussa and Jasmin Fosheim.

Augustana President Rob Oliver today announced that juniors Rahiwa Mussa (Ababa, Ethiopia) and Jasmin Fosheim (Pierre, South Dakota) have been named the 2016 Augustana Peace Scholars.

As Peace Scholars, Mussa and Fosheim will embark on a seven-week academic experience in Norway designed to deepen their understanding of the central issues and theories related to peace, justice, democracy and human rights. The two will study at the Nansen Dialogue Network in Lillehammer and at the University of Oslo International Summer School June 19 - Aug. 5.

Sophomore Spencer O’Hara, a triple major in economics, government and international studies from Aberdeen, South Dakota, was named the University’s alternate. He will serve as Augustana’s Peace Scholar if either Mussa or Fosheim are unable to participate.

Rahiwa Mussa is a triple major in government, economics and philosophy.

She is an active member of the Peace Club and the Union Board of Governors (UBG). She serves as a junior senator for the Augustana Student Association (ASA) and is a founding member of the African Student Union. Her interests include hip-hop and Motown music, reading — especially contemporary literature— and high fashion. After Augustana, Mussa hopes to someday become a successful business owner and an advisor to the Ethiopian government.

She is a “change-maker [who leaves you with a] positive impression, due to her polished demeanor and intellectual substance. [She is] one of the best contributors to class.”

Letter of Recommendation for Rahiwa Mussa

Jasmin Fosheim is a double major in special education and psychology.

She serves as the curriculum chair for ASA and is a viking advisor in Tuve Hall on campus. Fosheim enjoys playing in The Augustana Band and doing anything that gets her outdoors, including hiking, rock climbing and volleyball. Beyond Augustana, she is involved with the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership organization in South Dakota as a coorporate board member. As an individual who is truly committed to serving others, she hopes to attend graduate school to study education and social work after Augustana.

She is “a poised and intelligent person … who will live a life of service and make the world better in a significant way.”

Letter of Recommendation for Jasmin Fosheim

During the announcement, Oliver recognized each of the five Peace Scholar finalists, who, in addition to the three students listed above, also include:

  • Justin Kautz ’18 (a double major in English and economics from Tea, South Dakota)
  • Austin Krohnke ‘18 (a triple major in biology, religion and Spanish from Waukee, Iowa)

The Peace Scholars program is sponsored by the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, a consortium composed of Augustana, Augsburg College, Concordia College (Moorhead), Luther College, Pacific Lutheran University, and St. Olaf College. Two students from each of the participating colleges will spend seven weeks at the University of Oslo’s International Summer School deepening their understanding of issues related to peace, justice, democracy, and human rights.

Mussa and Fosheim will be introduced at the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum set for June 6-8 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum will concentrate on issues related to sustainable and inclusive peacemaking and peacebuilding. It will feature the work of 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum Honored Laureate Kailash Satyarthi.

This summer in Oslo, they will embark on coursework that will include the causes of armed conflicts, peace building, peacemaking, humanitarian interventions and aid, peacekeeping operations, gender, civil society and nonviolence and peace movements. In conjunction with their studies, the scholars will also visit a number of influential institutions including, the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Nobel Institute, Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights and the Nobel Peace Center.

Upon returning to their respective campuses, the 12 scholars will continue to communicate and find ways to build on the Oslo experience together. They will also be expected to play a leadership role in peace activities on their campuses, and assist with the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Forum.