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College and University Seminar: Developing and Enhancing Peace and Conflict Studies Programs

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    College and University Seminar:
    Developing and Enhancing Peace and Conflict Studies Programs
    Saturday, May 26, 2018 (8:30AM – 4:30PM) Cleveland, Ohio
    <u>Overview and Call for Proposals </u>
    (Deadline March 15<sup>th</sup> to submit a proposal to present and for the early registration of $35.)
    Exact Location Pending (John Carroll University) Transport from the main conference hotel noted on the web site will be provided for those who request it.
    John Carroll University, Case Western University, George Mason University, Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College

    [This Seminar takes place within the context of the larger 2018 International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education, Bridging the Divide in Polarized Societies, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Tuesday – Saturday, May 22 – 26, 2018]

    COSTS:<  $35 (before March 15, 2018) includes lunch for the Higher Education Seminar.  Registration information is located here:



    Over the years, we have brought together dozens of colleges and universities from across the country and around the world to invite them to share their good practice, share how they overcame challenges, and enhance the good work they are doing or start a new program!  We hope you will consider joining us!

    1. Faculty, staff, and administrators from colleges and universities come together to work to further build capacity in their peace, conflict, and global studies courses, degrees, certificates, and related programming. All participants that attend are asked to participate and share their experience with their colleagues.
    2. Faculty/Staff/Administrators from colleges and universities ideally participate in the International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education, Bridging the Divide in Polarized Societies, during which they will begin to think through the development/enhancement of their course(s) and/or programs. For those who register, a draft action planning template packet will be provided in advance.
    3. College faculty/staff and/or administrators will focus on capacity building around one or more of three core areas as they work to develop and enhance their action plans around:
    4. a) Capacity Building and Sustainability of Programs
    5. b) Course Development/Integration
    6. c) Supplemental Programming


    Each year we host this seminar, we ask participants to share their expertise as part of a panel or in a workshop session on one of the three key areas covered.  After we receive this form (see the questions below), we will contact you in order to discuss what innovative work you are doing and whether a panel or workshop format works best.  We only need one form per college/university program.  We will pair you with other attendees on related content.  If you would prefer to participate and not present, you are more than welcome.  Some college and university personnel are just starting a program.  If this is the case, please still complete the form and note at the bottom that you would prefer to participate v. present.

    Saturday, May 26 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

    The agenda will include the following overarching content, with good practice and lessons learned provided by the participants from Community Colleges to University programs at the undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral level.  A detailed agenda will be provided to those who register for the seminar.

    Agenda will include some, if not all, of the following, per the interests expressed by those attending:

    • Courses – Such as Course Content, Course/Module Development and Integration, Use of technology for Teaching Conflict Management and Peacebuilding Online
    • Pedagogy – Peace and Conflict Resolution Teaching and Practice Methodology
    • Capacity Building and Sustainability of Programs and Centers
    • Developing Minors, A.A.’s and Majors in Global Studies, Peace and Conflict – The “How to’s” and Lessons Learned
    • Student Programming – Such as Field Experiences:  Study Abroad/Away and Service Learning
    • Evaluating Your Program


    Those attending, consider contributing to the 2nd Ed. How to Manual for Colleges and Universities Developing and/or Enhancing their Programs in Peace and Conflict Studies.  The free program development manual supporting peace and conflict studies program development is a product of a collaboration that began in 2009 (1stedition available here: ) in which lessons learned about the process of developing programs, certificates, and degrees in peace and conflict studies were shared. The manual is a resource for faculty, staff and administrators authored by faculty, staff and administrators.  The 2nd edition will be launched at the May 2018 conference.  Interested in learning how you can contribute, please email us at for details!


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