2022 Upstate Mediation Center
Peacemaker Award


Peacemaker Award

The Peacemaker Award is designed to recognize a member of the community who has made a significant difference in promoting tolerance, building good will and understanding, resolving conflict, and striving for peace.

The award will be given during Nation Conflict Resolution Week at the Upstate Mediation Center’s Peacemaking Celebration to honor UMC Volunteers and this year’s Peacemaker!

A selection committee made up of UMC’s Executive Committee and representatives from our corporate sponsors will be looking for nominees that use innovative techniques or ideas that show appreciable change in our community; people who live kind, compassionate, and generous lives. For example, the person may have established a mentoring program, created a safe place for children after school, developed a creative fund-raiser, or worked in a peer program that showed improvement in bullying.

Glenis Redmond 2022 UMC Peacemaker

2022 Peacemaker

Glenis Redmond

The Upstate Mediation Center (“UMC”) is pleased to announce the 2020 Peacemaker Award recipient is Poet laureate Glenis Redmond. 

Redmond has dedicated her life to coaching and uplifting youth poet’s voices.  She co-founded a literary program called Peace Voices in Greenville from 2012-2019, and she is a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist and a Cave Canem poet.  Her work has been showcased on NPR and PBS and has been most recently published in Orion Magazine, the North Carolina Literary Review, Obsidian Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, StorySouth, About Place, Carolina Muse, and The New York Times.  In 2020, Redmond received South Carolina’s highest award, The Governor’s Award for the Arts.  Redmond was nominated for her service to humanity as a poet, educator, and communicator of peace.  




About the Event

The 2022 Peacemaker Award Celebration was held on Tuesday, October 18th at Endeavor.  The event also featured recognition of Judge Diane Smock who received the first UMC Extraordinary Achievement Award.

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