Laura Murphy

conscious creativity

Peacemaking Bio/CV:


Laura Murphy is a conscious creator and contemplative with a BA in Negotiation Conflict Resolution Peacebuilding and minor in Studio Art from California State University Dominguez Hills. Laura is pursuing a MA in Art Therapy and Counseling at Southwestern College. Self and collective efficacy, social justice, violence prevention, sustainability, education, mediation, advocacy, creative expression, wellness, and mindfulness motivate Laura to co-create peace, justice and equity for all beings. Laura works in solidarity with peacemakers, healers, artists, activists and social movements across the globe.

Career Objective:

My goal is to obtain a position of creative leadership where I may collaborate with change-oriented professionals and communities in a variety of creative ways. I aspire to facilitate inclusive public dialogues, serve as a mediator/educator/advocate/mental health professional, and implement restorative relational processes in grass-roots environments. As an educator, my goals are to design and teach empowerment-based programs founded on social justice, violence prevention, emotional intelligence, leadership, and positive psychology; to facilitate safe environments for learning and trauma-informed healing; and to empower and educate women, girls, youth and other marginalized populations. I also aspire to facilitate alternatives to conflict and healthy life skills through evidence-based, anti-oppression curricula, in conjunction with artistic expression, dance, yoga, mindfulness, and other empowering body-based practices. As an advocate, my goals are to work on initiatives which promote multicultural awareness and sensitivity in the forms of gender, racial and Indigenous justice, as well as initiatives which promote conflict transformation, prevention and safety planning for victims/Survivors of violence. Public policy, research, grant writing, and local and international capacity-building working with refugees and immigrants are fields I am inspired to grow professionally in. As an artist and art therapist, I seek to pursue and create new realms of thought, beauty, authentic expression and experiences with identity in my personal work and to inspire healing-change in individuals and collectives I work with. I aspire to travel, to exhibit my work internationally, to contribute the growing field of art therapy through research and practicum, and to collaborate with other artists in peacebuilding endeavors. 

Education and Training: 

B.A. Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peace Building with a Minor in Studio Art; 2015

California State University Dominguez Hills

20 hour mediation training

Dean’s Honor Roll each semester consecutively/Phi Theta Phi Honor Society

A.A. Liberal Arts Tulsa Community College, Oklahoma; 2004

Dean’s Honor Roll, Honor’s Scholar Program and member Phi Theta Kappa National Honor’s Society    

200 Hour—Registered Yoga Teacher, 2015

Certified through Yoga Alliance

Saint Petersburg Yoga, Saint Petersburg, FL 

Restorative Justice Mediation: 2014

50 hour mediation certification through Centinela YouthServices (CYS) Victim Offender Restitution (VORS) and Family Able to Resolve Situations (FARS)  

Millennium Momentum Foundation: Leadership Development Institute; 2014-2015

Community and Public Dialogue Mediation; 2014

Mediators Beyond Borders and Southern California Mediation Association  

Street Yoga; 2013

Yoga teacher-training for “at-risk” youth and marginalized populations 

Beyond Duality: Yoga and Social Justice; 2014

Yoga teacher-training for “at-risk” youth and marginalized populations 

Council in Schools; 2014

Training in The Way of Council for Educators through the Ojai Foundation  

Respectful Confrontation; 2011

Organizational communication training

Nonviolent Communication; 2013

Training in Marshall Rosenberg’s NVC program   


CSUDH Student Research Day; 2015

First Place in Arts and Creativity oral presentation of original works competition 

California Campus Compact; 2013

Community Engagement Student Fellowship 

CSUDH Student Health Services Art Exhibit; 2013

2nd and 3rd place with work on permanent display  

CSUDH America Happens Here; 2014

First Runner-up in Academic contest commemorating inauguration of President Willie Hagan for poetry and painting submissions.


Girls Incorporated Santa Fe, September 2017- to present

After School Facilitator

Girls Inc. is an empowerment-based and feminist organization with the mission to inspire girls and youth to be strong, smart, and bold, so that they may be effective leaders in their communities and in the world. As an after school program facilitator, I work with girls aged 5-11 and I conceptualize and implement activities in the arts, STEM, peacebuilding initiatives, and offer mentorship in educational and interpersonal capacities.

CASA—Community Action Stops Abuse, August, 2015- 2016

Youth Advocate

CASA specializes in serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and homelessness. As a Youth Advocate at the residential shelter I worked with families and assisted them as they achieved their goals to heal from abuse and to move forward with their lives. I conceptualized and facilitated trauma-informed classes using yoga, meditation, visual art, emotional intelligence models, Nonviolent Communication, parenting skills, and support groups which implement CASA’s empowerment model. In addition to the classes I led, I provided counseling, team building consultation, mediation, safety-planning, case management, community resources, and advocacy to youth, parents and the CASA staff. I also cared for infants and toddlers in daycare and mentored youth in the after-school program located on site.  

Workshop Design, Facilitation, and Partnerships: 

Conflict Revolution;2014

Partnering with Dorit Cypis of Foreign Exchanges in designing and implementing multi-tiered conflict transformation project in collaboration with the North East Youth Project, LA County, and LAPD

Emotional Sustainability Yields Communal and Environmental Sustainability; 2012

Systems modules designed for autoethnographic project; culmination of undergraduate Restorative Justice research

Power of Personal Practice: Being the change we want to see in the world;2013

Workshop designer and facilitator through Common Peace   

Watts United Youth Peacebuilding Initiative;2013

100+ hours internship through NCRP program at CSUDH partnering with Los Angeles Housing Authority. Designed and facilitated yoga, meditation, and conflict resolution education to youth in Watts, Ca.  

Conscious Creativity; 2011

Commissioned to design and facilitate mural painting and watercolor painting of dreams and symbols workshop    

Internships and Volunteer Work: 

Centinela Youth Services; 2014

Students Able to Resolve Situations (STARS) peer mediation facilitator at Lawn Dale High School and volunteer mediator though CYS’ Victim Offender Restitution Services (VORS) and Families Able to Resolve Situations (FARS) programs  

Inner City Arts; 2014

Art model for Life Drawing summer institutes, various administrative positions engaging with youth registered in summer institutes, and assistant in 5-week studio art-teacher training program

Peace Alliance/Student PA NCRP Action Team; 2014

NCRP Student Action Team Coordinator and community team member of Peace Alliance bipartisan national team organized to promote the Youth PROMISE (Prison Reduction through Opportunities Mentorship Support and Education) Act and to establish a U.S. Department of Peace;  

Student Peace Alliance Action Team; 2014

Co-organized United Nations International Day of Peace 2013 and 2014, NCRP Action Team group volunteer work in solidarity with community, Watts United student internship platform to teach conflict resolution education, Peace Alliance actions and strategic planning with NCRP faculty for CSUDH Urban Peace Center  

Turning the Wheel Productions; 2014

Community restorative dance, theatre and improv 

Common Peace Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence; 2012 and 2013 Internship at Los Angeles nonprofit organization, office maintenance, social media, 64 Ways to Practice Nonviolence art-card painter; community outreach and advertising of summer camps for children  

Arroyo S.E.C.O Time Bank; 2013

Participant in local alternative currency program

Paseo De Los Feliz/Green Space Los Feliz; 2013

Participant in community gardening and neighborhood beautification team  

Monday Night Mission; 2013

Participant in feeding Skid Row community  

Sunny Hobart Community Gardens; 2013

Organizer and builder of community garden in East Hollywood Raising food and awareness in order to unify and nourish the neighborhood  

Agents of Change L.A.; 2013-2015

Co-created and organized peace activist/community advocacy group inaugurated in my Key Issues to Peacebuilding undergraduate course within the Negotiation Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding program at CSUDH 

Blessing Burritos; 2012

Co-organized fundraising benefit for Buddhist nun and teacher Amma Thanasanti Bikkhuni and her nonprofit organization Awakening Truth  

Insight on the Inside; 2012 to present

Pen pal project offering support in Buddhist Dharma studies and meditation practices to incarcerated people within prisons and rehabilitation facilities in California This project is through Against the Stream Meditation Society

Occupy Los Angeles; 2011

Co-organized food distribution to Occupiers Co-organized group meditation, sit-in’s with Occupy LA Sanctuary Group and workshop based on Gandhi’s and King’s principles of nonviolence and community building. 

East Hollywood neighborhood trash clean-up crew; 2011-2014

Horace Alley Mural Project; 2006

Participated in the beautification of Horace Alley in the Mission District by painting murals, working with local artists and youth from Precita Eyes, the I Have a Dream Foundation, and disabled artists from Creative Growth  

Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center; 2006

Co-lead art classes for toddlers and secondary school level children Gave educational walking tours of the multicultural murals of San Francisco’s Mission District for groups of people ranging from middle and high school aged youth to adults and tourists 

Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless; 2004

Volunteer position working front desk, provided information on case management, medical benefits, and clothing/hygiene to persons of need Received credit for this work through the Honor’s Scholar Program at Tulsa Community College  

Food For Thought; 2004

Grassroots organized community feedings in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma

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