In the spotlight: David Ives promotes cultural awareness

Katie Koproski

Quinnipiac University is one of many stops around the world that David Ives has made in his effort to help others.
Ives, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute, grew up in Ohio and graduated college with a degree in social work and student personnel and counseling.
Ives worked as a hall director at the University of Delaware and Bowling Green State University. He then joined the Peace Corps for two years, and had the opportunity to travel to the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. There he worked as a community garden and nutrition promoter and constructed gardens for schools that used produce in their lunches.
After leaving the Peace Corps, Ives became the Associate Dean of Students at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, where he produced and arranged concerts, endowed lectures, drama productions and advising student government and international student programs.
Ives has had the opportunity as a Rotary Peace Form Coordinator of setting up peace issues all over the world, including every continent but Antarctica.
Before coming to Quinnipiac in January of 2002, Ives was the Executive Director for the Jonas Foundation, an international training leadership program that involved teaching ninth and tenth graders from various countries to resolve conflict.
At Quinnipiac, Ives is looking to create programs and themes that students and faculty will be interested in, based on Schweitzer’s beliefs.
Schweitzer was a humanitarian who dedicated his life to helping others. Ives is hoping that students and faculty will help generate ideas for the institute in areas such as peace education, public health and environment.
He is looking ahead to creating programs that involve traveling to the Caribbean and working with organizations such as the Amistad America and the Roosevelt Institute to promote cultural awareness and compassion for others.
He has many goals for the institute.
“I want to bring the world of Schweitzer to Quinnipiac and send students out into that world,” said Ives. “I would like for students to become knowledgeable about events outside of our borders, and I would like to establish minors, such as an African Studies minor, to give students the opportunity to study other parts of the world.”
When he is not at Quinnipiac, Ives enjoys spending time with his wife, and being a soccer and volleyball father to his son and daughter. He also enjoys reading and taking hikes in his spare time.
“I love the campus, faculty, and students at Quinnipiac,” said Ives. “The faculty has been extremely supportive to the institute.”

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