Mission Statement

Our mission is to assist each other in our individual and collective efforts to develop the skills needed to transform divisive and harmful conflicts into opportunities to restore relationships and revitalize communities through mindful action and social entrepreneurship.

Our vision is to create communities where we can all participate in transforming conflicts by learning to reframe, see the spin, actively listen, problem solve,reject dualistic thinking, control our anger, love our neighbors as ourselves, restoratively fight for justice, appreciate and honor alternative perspectives and different conflict management styles.

Using concrete skills like these we can all learn to engage more productively in the conflicts of our era, to prevent conflicts upstream and reduce the harms associated with them downstream, to build and sustain resilient and compassionate organizations and communities capable of balancing unity and difference, civility and contestation.

For information contact Dr. Bill Lyons at wtlyons@uakron.edu or (330) 972-5855.

Expectations

Our goal is to assist you in better understanding the nature of conflict and the various ways we might transform, prevent, resolve, or reduce the harms associated with conflict—from interpersonal to international. In order to accomplish this together, you should choose which one of our programs you are interested in pursuing and then click on ‘Join Us’ to find our one-page application form.

Get Started on the Right Foot

Fill this out the 'Join Us' page and schedule a meeting with the Director as soon as possible to discuss your goals. Giving him your filled out form is the first step, but to qualify for scholarship consideration (scholarships are awarded each spring for the following academic year) you must do more than meet with the Director early in your academic career and fill out this form. You must take the core required classes in conflict management first. Only if you have taken (or are currently taking) these classes, can you be considered part of our community and a candidate for scholarship funds. So meet the Director as soon as possible and take the core classes first.

Substitutions

The Center Director does not approve substitutions for core classes. We will consider substitutions for electives on a case-by-case basis, though we strongly discourage substituting more than one class. Substitutions for electives must be approved by the Director (and for the Minor they must also be approved by the Dean) and the burden is on you to make the case that the proposed course will offer as much educational value and conflict management emphasis as the class listed on the electives list. In the rare event that a core class has not been offered in two consecutive academic years, we will consider substitutions for a core class as well, so it is up to you to plan your schedules early enough to complete the core classes when they are offered. Substituting a class taken at another university for an elective is possible, but discouraged.