The Notre Dame Student Peace Conference is an annual conference organized by undergraduate peace studies students at the University of Notre Dame.


We hold this conference every year to provide a space for undergraduate and graduate students to dialogue about peacebuilding, social justice, and conflict transformation. Our goal is to foster a learning environment in which students can present their ideas, research, and experiences within a network of peers who share their personal and academic interest in building a more just and peaceful world.


The conference has been been a part of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies for over three decades. It began in 1993 as a single-day symposium to celebrate the 10th anniversary of undergraduate peace studies at Notre Dame. Over the following decades, it has grown and expanded into its present form, and it continues to evolve as new students bring new ideas and energy to the event.

One of the many generous gifts that Joan B. Kroc provided to the Kroc Institute was an endowment specifically intended to fund this conference. As a result of her generosity and the ongoing support of the Kroc Institute, we are able to offer this conference without charging a registration fee. Materials and meals are also provided, so participants only need to cover their own travel and lodging costs.