Dr. Al Alcazar is a Filipino-American who was exiled to the US in 1972 during the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines. He has lived in New Orleans for over 40 years and has worked at Loyola University for 27 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (Pontificia Universitas Sanctae Thomae, 1971), a master’s degree in Theological Studies (Notre Dame Seminary, 1976) with a Clinical Pastoral Counseling certification (Baptist Hospital, 1976), and a master’s degree in Religious Education (Loyola University, 1984). He has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction (LSU, 2001) and his dissertation was on curriculum as intercultural and interfaith narratives for social transformation. He is the director of Twomey Center’s Urban Partners program, the editor of the Blueprint for Social Justice, and a trainer with the Twomey Center’s Diversity and Conflict Resolution Training programs. He teaches in the Religious Studies Department and in the Latin American Studies Program at Loyola. He also teaches the diversity and conflict resolution components of the graduate-level Diversity and Social Justice course at Tulane University’s School of Social Work. In the fall semesters, Dr. Alcazar conducts a leadership seminar (including diversity and conflict resolution skills) for graduate students in the non-profit sector of the Political Science Department at the University of New Orleans. In 2008, he co-founded the Intercultural Charter School in New Orleans east and wrote its conflict resolution curriculum.