Conflict Resolution is Focus of International Conference at Tri-C

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CLEVELAND – The Global Issues Resource Center and Library at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will hold the 6th International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE), “Bridging Cultures: Education for Global Citizenship and Civic Engagement,” June 12-17 (pre-conference June 12-13).  The conference will be held on the Western Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma.

Presenting various keynotes and workshop trainings will be government representatives and non-governmental partners from the United States and around the world, including Australia, Canada, Estonia, Ghana, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Nairobi, Philippines, The Americas, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Arab Emirates. Governments represented have legislation or policies in place to deliver CRE and related topics at the K-12 level and in colleges and universities. Presentations will focus on innovations in the fields that are making broad impacts in local, state, national and international communities. Attendees will include college/university and K-12 educators, students, public health officials, prevention specialists, probation officers, juvenile detention officers, and state, local, national and international policy makers.

Keynote presentations include:

Friday, June 14

o    “The Organization of American States: 100 Years of Building Bridges in the Americas,” presented by Pablo Zúňiga, a senior specialist in the Department for Sustainable Democracy and Special Missions of the Organization of American States (OAS); Romina Giselle Kasman, education consultant at the OAS and the coordinator of the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices; and Marcia Bebianno Simoes, Ph.D., senior specialist in migration in the Department of Social Development and Employment of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development at the OAS.

o    “Telling Better Stories: Promoting a Sense of Global Citizenship and Shared Understanding with Pulitzer Center Journalism,” presented by Mark Schulte, national education coordinator at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Saturday, June 15

o    “Inter-cultural Conflict Resolution, Political Processes and Impacts on Minority Groups Including Migrants and Immigrants”, presented by Miguel Alvarez Gandara, president of Services and Consulting for Peace in Mexico, and Rena Ramkay, co-chair, representing Canada, of the Conflict Prevention Working Group at Peacebuilding for Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict and Department of Law faculty member at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

o    “Peacebuilding in Colleges and Universities: The Road Traveled, the Road Ahead,” presented by David J. Smith, faculty member at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and in the Program on Justice and Peace at Georgetown University.

Pre-conference training topics and facilitating organizations include:

  • Integrating Core Theories of Conflict Resolution Across Disciplines (Kent State University, Center for Applied Conflict Management, June 12)
  • Collaborative Negotiations: Strategies, Skills and Techniques (Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, June 12)
  • Toward A Healthier Campus Community Through Sustained Dialogue (Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, June 12-13)
  • Teaching International Humanitarian Law in the Humanities and Social Sciences (American Red Cross, June 13)
  • People, Power and Pedagogy: Methods for Teaching about Nonviolent Struggle (International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, June 13)
  • Let’s Talk about Child Rights! (International School Psychology Association, June 13)
  • Integrating Service Learning and Opportunities for Civic Engagement into Courses (Ohio Campus Compact, June 13)

While the majority of conference events will occur at Tri-C, the pre-conference trainings will occur June 12-13 at the Crowne Plaza Airport, 7230 Engle Road in Middleburg Heights.

Credits offered for the conference are graduate, CEU, social work (pending), counseling (pending). For more information or to register for the conference, contact Global Issues Resource Center at (216) 987-2224, by or visit


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