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The Environmental and Public Policy (EPP) Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) invites you to attend our 2018 Conference (Diversity Scholarships Available)

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    The Environment and Public Policy (EPP) Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) invites you to attend our 2018 Conference: We Can Work It Out – Practices, Tools and Stories for Helping Parties Bridge the Divide Over Knowledge and Beliefs. We would like to extend this invitation to all current, former, and future students, as well as those who may not have had a formal education in conflict resolution, facilitation or mediation in the environmental field, but do have an interest and are looking to connect and explore further opportunities.On June 13-14 in Arlington, Virginia, ACR EPP and the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University will host this annual conference featuring dynamic meeting methods, including breakout groups, plenary sessions and Open Space Technology. Our keynote session this year will be offered by the Washington Improv Theater, featuring John Windmueller, a PhD from S-CAR, a former ACR board member, professor, and now improv teacher. Early bird registration rates for the conference are available through May 20.

    Diversity & Equity Scholarships Available

    The ACR EPP 2018 Conference is a wonderful opportunity for individuals interested in environment, public policy, and conflict resolution to learn more about the field, share their experiences, and network with practitioners. To open the door for more applicants of diverse backgrounds to participate, we have scholarships available to cover the two-day conference registration. Some selected applicants will also be offered the opportunity to attend the pre-conference training day on June 12th. The purpose of the training is to offer valuable career-building knowledge to new and mid-career professionals.

    This scholarship invitation is intended to include all interested parties. ACR seeks to encourage and promote participation, accessibility, active representation, and leadership from diverse populations including, but not limited to, race, age, ethnicity, national origin, language, sexual orientation, physical ability, and religion.

    The application deadline is midnight Eastern Time on Sunday May 13, 2018. Successful candidates will be notified by May 18, 2018. The brief application is here.

    Purpose of the Scholarship

    ACR EPP supports diversity, equity and inclusion, and is committed to creating points of access where there have historically been none. We aim to create awareness of our field, remove potential barriers, and build an environment that better represents the communities we serve. Goals of the scholarship include making the conference accessible to more students and those who may not have direct access to or experience in conflict resolution and public policy, and to expand on the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives that are represented in the environment and public policy conflict resolution field. These goals are supported by ACR’s commitment to diversity and equity.

    For questions or more information about either the scholarship or conference, please contact Sara Omar at sara_omar(at)  or Shay Huff at shuff(at)


    Dana Goodson and Eric Poncelet

    ACR EPP Leadership Council Co-chairs

    The Association for Conflict Resolution is a professional organization enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. ACR is a national professional association for mediators, arbitrators, educators and other conflict resolution practitioners. The Environmental and Public Policy Section of ACR is a group of professionals who help people collaborate to discuss problems, agree on facts, make decisions, seek consensus and resolve conflicts. Our members work on environmental issues and a broad range of public and organizational concerns. For more information, visit

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