Christiana Castillo - Peace Culture Co-Founder and Director
Christiana Castillo is a Chicana/Latina educator, activist, urban gardener and writer. She holds an undergraduate degree from Wayne State University where she obtained an English major with a co-major in peace and conflict studies and resolution. She currently works as a Writer-In-Residence with the InsideOut Literary Arts Program, as Youth Coordinator with Alternatives For Girls, and as Director and co-founder of Peace Culture. In 2018 she was the recipient of Pax Christi Michigan’s Young Peacemaker Award and in summer 2019 she was awarded a Room Project Fellowship. She recently finished writing a bilingual children’s book titled A Town Called Hope, which focuses on community and environmental justice. She also finished writing a poetry chapbook, “Crushed Marigold,” this year. Her writing can be found in Riverwise Magazine and The Wayne Literary Review.
Gaia Klotz - Peace Culture Co-Founder
Gaia Klotz holds a BA in Theater (Honors) and a Co-Major in Peace and Conflict Studies from Wayne State University. With four years of experience working alongside “at-risk” youth and families Pre-K through grade 12 in Hamtramck, Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Traverse City communities she has a passion for youth advocacy. She is the 2016 recipient of the Young Leaders of the Americans Initiative (YLAI) US State Department Reverse Exchange Fellowship to Bogota, Colombia on behalf of the Wayne State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. She was awarded a Rotary International Peace Fellowship to the University of Bradford, UK in 2019-2020 to pursue an MA in International Development Management for her work in and around Metro-Detroit.
Nathan Keelan - Peace Culture Lead Facilitator and Videographer.
Nathan is a videographer and filmmaker based in the Metro Detroit area. In addition to earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication from Wayne State University, Nathan has worked in Hamtramck after school programming for four years. In the first year of Peace Culture, Nathan worked as the group’s documentarian. In the second iteration, he took over as the lead facilitator.
Sallwa Assarawie - Peace Culture Facilitator.
Sallwa Assarawie is a Wayne State University graduate with a Master’s degree in English Rhetoric and Composition. Her research mostly centered around cultural and identity rhetoric with a specific focus on the Muslim American identity. In addition, she has researched and studied sound rhetoric and composition for creating podcasts. A native of Detroit and Hamtramck, it her goal to research and share the narratives of Muslim Americans for educational purposes and establishing connections with audiences through podcasting. During her free time, Sallwa enjoys creating art, writing, reading and playing video games.
Sabrina is an environmental engineer, creator and lover of all things living. Her career path focuses on remediation and environmental education of low-income communities disproportionately affected by environmental contamination. Having done construction for the last 10 years with her mother, she is always eager to create new things and understand how to bring ideas to reality. She is extremely passionate about issues including environmental justice, mass incarceration, systemic racism, disability, food access, and education. When not in the lab, Sabrina enjoys swimming in any body of water, planting native plants, dancing in her living room and lounging in the sun. She believes that communication and understanding are vital to making the world a safe and livable place for all people, and aims to teach empathy in everything that she does.
Partner Organizations: META Peace Team, Wayne State University Neuroscience Department