Lauren TreiberLauren Treiber is a junior peace, justice and conflict studies major from Grand Rapids, Mich. Meet more Goshen students and read their stories.


When Lauren began to search for colleges, she had one thing on her mind: she wanted a school that focuses on peace.

“I come from outside of the Mennonite church, but I really wanted a peace studies program. When I heard about Goshen and checked out the core values, I was utterly stunned. I expected to have to go to a huge university and seek out my niche, but Goshen has everything I wanted and it felt perfect.”

Well, there was just one more thing.

“I visited campus one day and saw a student walk into the library barefoot. That sealed the deal.”


In the peace, justice, and conflict studies (PJCS) program, Lauren wrestles with issues of reconciliation and nonviolence. In other spaces around campus, her love of language and expression pushes her deeper.

“As a PJCS major, I am tugged towards caring for those who suffer some of life’s most extreme traumas. As a student of writing, I strive to arrange words in such a way that someone else’s soul might be moved. As a member of choir and theater groups, I sense the strength in telling truth through sound, movement, genuine presentation and interaction with others.”

For Lauren, advocacy and creativity go hand-in-hand. At Goshen’s annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest for students, Lauren delivered an award-winning pacifist response to the Occupy Wall Street movement, crafting her words with courage.

“I’m deeply passionate about the power of language. It’s creative, versatile, beautiful and fresh — we use language to express joy and devastation; for advocacy or worship.”


From Goshen College, Lauren can go anywhere.

“It matters less to me what I do. What’s important is how I learned to do it. From Goshen, I’m going to graduate with more than a degree; I’m going to graduate with a better understanding of the world. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

– written by Anna Ruth ’12, photos by Alex Pletcher ’14

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