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Peter Simons

Peter Simons

Director, Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement, University of Colorado Boulder

Peter graduated from CU-Boulder with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. He also received a Masters of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and an Elementary Education Teacher Certification from Regis University. Prior to coming to work at CU-Boulder, Peter’s career was devoted to children, youth and family services including direct service, administration, planning, program and policy development and legislative work with local and state governments and in the private-non-profit sector.  He also served as a mediator for the Colorado State Personnel Board. While at CU-Boulder, Peter directed the Office of Parent Relations and currently serves as the Director of the Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement. In his spare time, Peter loves to hang out with his wife, Gayle, and their two dogs and enjoys hiking, bicycling, snowshoeing and art.


This isn’t a story about war, about the wounds—both visible and invisible—that soldiers are left to carry after war, or the trauma that goes hand in hand with being a soldier.  You won’t find details of battle or unsettling imagery in this tale.  This story is about strength and determination beyond the experience of war; this story embodies the power of self-identity as a veteran.  It’s a story of integrating the person that you once were with the person you are now...