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Visiting scholar Galiti awarded prestigious Greek Diaspora Fellowship

September 15, 2017
Peli Galiti has been awarded a prestigious Greek Diaspora Fellowship from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation as part of a cross-cultural collaboration between the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and UW-Madison. 

Galiti is a visiting scholar with UW-Madison's School of Education ​and is conducting research with Robert Enright, a professor with the No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology

Through the fellowship, Galiti will implement forgiveness education programs in Greece, hosting workshops about restorative justice and forgiveness education, as well as conducting research about bullying prevention and class collaboration.

Galiti will also collaborate with Professor Konstantinos Bikos to improve graduate students' theoretical and experiential knowledge of handling school violence and bullying. 

The Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program is designed to promote and develop long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations between universities in Greece, the United States and Canada.

Enright has constructed a framework for teaching people how to forgive and how to see inherent worth in others. He has researched the effects this program can have on emotional wellbeing in regions across the globe. This step-by-step forgiveness process has been tested on groups ranging from incest survivors and children of alcoholics, to kids in classrooms in inner-city America, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Seoul, South Korea, to name only a few.