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Our Mission

compassThe Mission of the Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution is to promote conflict prevention, management, and resolution through teaching, training, research, and practice of both conflict analysis techniques and conflict process skills.  This requires the careful study of conflict process dynamics, introspection and practice all of which prepares an individual to effectively promote and foster nonviolent, collaborative and peaceful ways to resolve conflicts.

In pursuit of this mission the Center is engaged in:

  • Developing a “teaching hospital” model in partnership with Salisbury University’s Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution that merges undergraduate and graduate education with field-based student practice and research.
  • Supporting and advancing a robust quantitative and qualitative research agenda in the examination of conflict processes, systems, and programs.
  • Offering a variety of needs-based training opportunities for local, state, regional, national, and international organizations and agencies in both the public and private sectors to effectively address conflict.
  • Developing and implementing expert third-party intervention services and flexible conflict prevention and conflict management in a multitude of settings through our staff and affiliates.
  • Maintaining and offering on-campus programs and events including the student-run Conflict Resolution Club, the “One Person Can Make a Difference” Lecture Series, and regular contributions to collaborative processes at the university.
  • Providing free mediation services in the local community through the Community Mediation Initiative and in partnership with the Community Mediation Maryland system.