Center for Conflict Resolution

LSU School of Business

The Center for Conflict Resolution

The Versafund helped establish the Center for Conflict Resolution as a resource for integrating training and systems for conflict resolution and peer abuse (bullying) prevention into the general operations of Seventh-day Adventist organizations, K-12 schools, congregations and the communities they serve.

The Center’s programs assist individuals and organizations resolve actual or potential conflicts and implement peer abuse (bullying) prevention systems that lay the foundation necessary for conflict resolution procedures to function. With the funds provided by the Versafund, the Center has assisted some fortyK-12 schools in ten states to implement the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program® and offered training in conflict resolution skills to over three hundred individuals, piloted conflict resolution training for congregational leadership and is currently testing collaborative mediation to assist congregations with resolving high conflict divorce matters.

The Olweus Program is a research/evidence-based program that has been shown to reduce and prevent bullying problems among schoolchildren, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world, and in thousands of schools in the United States over three decades and received recognition from a number of organizations committed to preventing school violence.

The center’s mission, In particular, is to implement the Seventh-day Adventist Call for Peace issued by the denomination on April 18, 2002, by doing the following:

  • foster interdisciplinary research and programs related to conflict management and peer abuse;
  • offer for-credit and non-credit courses and curricula to prepare students to resolve conflicts and prevent peer abuse in business, government, the not-for-profit sector, and their faith communities;
  • help people and organizations identify best practices for conflict resolution and peer abuse that will strengthen vital relationships;
  • assist business, governmental, not-for-profit and religious organizations in resolving conflicts and preventing peer abuse through mediation, negotiation and facilitation using collaborative, non-adversarial processes and peer abuse prevention training through private for-fee casework as well as pro bono programs, negotiation and advocacy consultation, organizational systems design services, and strategic communication consulting.

La Sierra University is a liberal arts institution affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a denomination with a long history of philanthropic service and concern for peace. The center draws gladly on the rich resources of an Adventist tradition that encourages honesty, respect, intelligence, creativity, and openness to peaceful conflict resolution.

For further information regarding the Center, call 951.785.2601 or visit www.lasierra.edu/conflict-resolution

$100,000

La Sierra University

Comment: Founded in 1947 as an elementary school, Ethiopia Adventist College has grown into an accredited 4-year degree college with a 2016 enrollment of 2024 students and 204 faculty/staff

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