Endorsements and Testimonials
Former Prime Minister of Ireland
"UISCE is a program that develops an in depth understanding of the social, cultural and economic dynamics that effect change processes specifically within Ireland. The leadership program focus is to provide challenges within individuals and groups to explore leadership, change and resistance which is greatly beneficial to the youth of today."
UISCE Programme Director, Grubb Institute, UK
"...this integrated, creative event offers all participants and staff an opportunity to explore Ireland through its social, political and spiritual lenses, past and present. This programme, when viewed systematically, will provide understanding in order to transform our parts through our roles in conflicts, economic divides, racism and community challenge, discovering the often untapped resources that these challenges afford us all."
Former professor of Irish History, Queens University, member of the House of Lords, West Minster Parliament & Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life
"Keith McNair has been a key figure in promoting cross-border and cross-community understanding, and has a fine record of achievement to his name."
Teacher, Georgetown Day School, DC USA
"UISCE has tremendous potential for those who want to understand not only the history of Ireland in the past 50 years, but for students who want to understand any cultural/political conflict. The trip gives students a picture of the peace process - which proves to be a beautiful but fragile matter. This is a unique program that will provide an experience that will be meaningful, not only to the students, but often the interest that the student's take is touching to those they interview. Students often ask questions that make community activists think hard about their own positions. It's learning and community service at its best.
Member of Irish Parliament, former Minister for Enterprise
"The UISCE programme - Understanding Ireland, socially, culturally and economically – in reaching out to emerging young leaders across Ireland, the United States and beyond will contribute to bringing to fruition President Kennedy’s great confidence in Ireland."
UISCE asian consultant
Currently American School Taiwan, formerly Western Reserve Academy, Ohio & Northfield Mount Hermon, Massachusetts
"UISCE is a program that I feel will benefit students by developing their own leadership skills and cross-cultural awareness while simultaneously exposing them to real world problems that they can help resolve. Furthermore, in cultivating an appreciation for and skill-set in peace and conflict reconciliation, I believe this program stands alone in preparing our youth for a brighter future."
Georgetown Day School, DC. Participant & Group Leader on UISCE prototype
"I happily recount every aspect of our trip to Ireland … The benefit to the students seems very clear and immediate to me as their teacher and fellow traveler. The itinerary was conceived as a very logical progression that laid out the historical events that helped create the conflict giving a clear foundation to the 'Troubles' … The opportunity to link those events forward … and see precisely how and where those events unfolded … was extraordinary. The first hand testimony of active participants to these events, as well as political figures active today enriched the experience and provided insights into human nature and motivations that are still very much alive in 2015…I also appreciated and I know the students enjoyed the stunning landscapes…In short, this was a remarkable trip and educational experience that will resonate with me and the students for years to come."
Barry J. McLeish
McLeish Consulting LLC. Author Successful Marketing Strategies for Nonprofits Organizations
"UISCE is remarkably important and timely. It simply cannot be ignored and promises to create superb thinking and new learning. Highest recommendation."
Founder & Director, UISCE
"Today theories about leadership abound. Arguably, never before has society, whether local or global, so needed integrity, or wholeness, within those exercising leadership. Reality teaches that leadership encounters many challenges. Leadership’s response to such difficulties can often prove critical. What benefit for the whole community would follow if emerging young leaders gained the confidence to have courage to discover, through sensitive exploration, how such resistance might actually be a resource that can creatively transform the situation? Ireland’s history is full of examples of how leadership has responded to such challenges, often with varying degrees of success - and failure. UISCE provides you with opportunities to interact, in the here and now, with other emerging leaders, to experience and discover the integrity of your response to such resistance. UISCE, above all else, is a journey of discovery."