Bob Schlehuber

Artist, Organizer, and Peacebuilder

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Bob Schlehuber, 31 years old, is originally from Rockford, Illinois and has been based in Washington, DC since 2011.  Working on his own and in partnership with other individuals and organizations Bob produces initiatives that creatively bring together broad and diverse individuals and organizations within a community.  Bob's efforts not only serve to bring together community members they also serve to improve a community's ability to address a range of policy and social issues; including housing, homelessness, education, economic and social equality, economic and work force development, civility, mutual understanding, and international peace and conflict resolution.

Bob holds a B.A. in Communication and Political Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University's School of International Service.  Bob's studies have focused on the systems and structures of peacebuilding with a focus on network analysis, organizational and small group communication and co-operation across traditionally silo-ed fields of study and practice.  Bob has written extensively on collective impact theory and how to improve collaboration at grassroots, grass-tops and executive levels.

Before arriving in Washington, D.C. Bob served in Peace Corps Ukraine, working as a youth development volunteer in the East of the country.  While in Peace Corps Bob founded Operation Respect Ukraine (OR Ukraine), a collective effort between the US Peace Corps, Peace Corps volunteers, Ukrainian NGO's Alternative-V and the YMCA of Ukraine, the US Embassy, Operation Respect, and local community members and teachers.  OR Ukraine uses a training of trainer's model throughout the country, training educators on how to use the "Don't Laugh at Me" anti-bullying curriculum with the goal of creating safe, caring and compassionate environments.

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Bob founded Operation Respect Rock River Valley (OR RRV) with the same mission as OR Ukraine.  Through this initiative Bob focused on bringing executive leaders from government, nonprofit, education, health and business sectors to collaborate and speak together on how to increase respect throughout the region.  In addition, Bob has worked extensively on local politics in Washington, D.C. while also working to promote peace and conflict resolution efforts within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Bob's current initiatives have him partnered with Heartbeat: The Israeli Palestinian Youth Music Project, FishyWhale's "Declarations of Interdependence", and Bossa Collective.


 A FEW KIND WORDS

"Bob is a rare example of an exceptionally creative, dynamic, and resolute organizer who possesses a global understanding of how our country can be an ever greater force for good, for equity and for peace in the world. Additionally, he has translated this understanding into concrete action. In my opinion, the young Mr. Schlehuber belongs at the top of anyone’s list of those who are most likely to head the next generation of truly gifted leaders of America."

-Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary

"Bob's Peace Corps service was especially notable as he showed such wide range versatility, a truly special gift for Peace Corps volunteers to acquire early in their service...Robert's service was one of great uniqueness and made me proud to serve as his Country Director."

-Doug Teschner, Peace Corps Country Director Ukraine

"Bob’s unique ability to bring together and inspire a wide range of community members has been remarkable to watch... Personally, Bob has impressed me with his ability to connect and empathize with others.  His passion and energy for his work and others is genuine, honest, and caring."

- Lewis Jordan, fmr President Chicago Housing Authority; Independent Consultant Community Building / Diversity & Inclusion


VIDEOS

Operation Respect Anti-Bullying Program in Ukraine - Peace Corps

Concert and Video Produced by Bob Schlehuber from November 2013 "Amplified Voices: A Connections Concert" at Georgetown University


SPEECHES, EMCEE AND FEATURED PRESENTATIONS

  • Emcee and Curator: A Community Concert featuring Heartbeat and the Youth of the Rock River Valley, March 2015
  • Career Panel: Biennial Conference on the Business and Economics of Peace, April 2015
  • Emcee and Event Curator: A Continuing Talk on Race presents: Deconstructing Gentrification: Development Without Community, January 2015 
  • Panelist: Global Entrepreneurship Week: Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship—Making a Difference Panel, 2014
  • Featured Speaker: The Kennedy Speakers Series: Celebrating A Legacy of Peace, April 2013
  • Featured Panelist: The Collective Impact of Peacebuilding, National Peace Corps Association Annual Conference, 2013
  • Emcee and Event Curator: Waging Peace Through a Lifetime of Service- American University Peace Corps Community Archive Launch, March 2013
  • Emcee and Event Curator: Amplified Voices: A Connections Concert at Georgetown University, November 2013
  • Research Panel: Systems and Structures of Peacebuilding, Biennial Conference on the Business and Economics of Peace, April 2013
  • Emcee and Event Curator: Culture in Social and Political Transformation featuring Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary in Concert, February 2012

In the news:

Rockford Register Star: Rockford native Bob Schlehuber makes peacebuilding his life's work by Sarah Wolf

The Broad Side: Using the Arts for Peace in the Middle East by  Amy McVoy Abbott