WIIS-West is a WIIS U.S. Chapter based in the San Bernardino and San Francisco Bay areas, but focuses on the area between southern California and Victoria, B.C. Canada. Within this region are many public, private, and academic organizations focused on both traditional and human security. WIIS WEST was established in 2005 by graduate students of the National Security Studies program at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB).
We define "security" broadly to encompass a range of issues from counter-terrorism, defense and arms control to conflict prevention, peacebuilding, human rights and environmental security. Our areas of focus change based upon the interests and concerns of our members. Presently, we are focused on:
- Cyber Security
- Environmental Security (Includes, but not limited to: Alternative Energy, Water Security, Climate Change, Natural Disasters, and Natural Habitat Preservation)
- Human Trafficking
- U.N. Resolution 1325
- Peace Leadership and Education
- Birthing a new era of Women, Peace, and Security
- Within the peace and security field, we serve members of the public, private, and academic sectors who are based in the western provinces or states of Canada and the United States.
We presently have two primary tracks of focus, one for students and entry level members, the other for mid-upper level leaders.
- sponsors networking mixers, speaking engagements, conference attendance, and research presentations
- provides opportunities for networking, collaboration and mentoring, and
- promotes the study and awareness of peace and security issues, building a network of partnerships among universities and professional organizations, public and private.
Lisa Berkley, President
Lisa A. Berkley is the founder and President of PeaceLeadsUs. (An organization that maintains, strengthens, and builds peace through advisory and educational services and consultation, programs, workshops, seminars, and trainings within the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.) She is currently earning her PhD in the Leadership and Change Program at Antioch University, with a unique focus on "peace leadership and changing consciousness." She is a member of the International Leadership Association, International Society of Political Psychology, and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation. Ms. Berkley is co-authoring a book chapter entitled “Female Leadership for Peace and Human Security: A Case Study of Israel/Palestine," to be included in the book currently titled: "Women as Global Leaders, Vol. III” which will be published by the International Leadership Association next year (2015).
Ms. Berkley holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies, specializing in Transitional Justice and Counter-Terrorism. She counts among her credentials highly respected certifications from the Lauder School of Government (Israel) and the (U.S.) Naval Postgraduate School in "Counter-Terrorism and Arab Culture," "Post-Conflict Reconstruction", and "Strengthening Cross-Community Ties Between Civilian Governmental Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations and Inter-Governmental Organizations and the Armed Forces."
From 1999 through 2003, while living in Israel/Palestine during the Second Intifada, Berkley pioneered a variety of peace-building education and training programs. As the Founding Director of "Joy of Life," she developed a groundbreaking series of original programs for the development of self-awareness and personal empowerment in the midst of conflict. This experience still informs her work today.
Ms. Berkley has more than 25 years of experience in Natural Healthcare and Education, Stress Management, and Interpersonal Conflict Resolution. Dedicated to furthering peace and security in the world, she integrates psychological understanding, emotional and spiritual intelligences, and cultural relevancy into the public, private and not-for-profit sectors of society. Her work has been written about in a number of Israel/Palestine, U.K. and U.S. publications with worldwide distribution.
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