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Conflict Resolution Institute

Center for Conflict Engagement

The Center for Conflict Engagement

Conferences & Symposia

The Center for Conflict Engagement has built a legacy of bringing students, scholars, and practitioners of conflict resolution into one space where collaboration and innovation across disciplines can take place. 

CRI Conferences & Symposia

Colorado Collaborative Leadership Institute Summit - 2013

In an effort to promote collaboration and teamwork among Colorado's natural resource stakeholders, DU's Conflict Resolution Institute hosted a workshop titled, A "Collaboration for Community Wildfire Mitigation Planning" as a part of the Colorado Collaborative Leadership Institute (CCLI) in December 2013. As a result of ongoing work with the University of Virginia, CRI received funding for this workshop from the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council. This workshop sought to increase collaborative capacity and networking among practitioners and professional networks within Colorado, specifically through stakeholder panels on issues and success stories, as well as skills training in facilitation, collaboration, communication, and strategic decision-making.

Cross-Community Working Group - 2012

In conjunction with Building Bridges (formerly Seeking Common Ground), CRI hosted a Cross-Community Working Group at the University of Denver which invited organizations based in Denver working with youth and youth-workers in inter-group conflict, anti-discrimination awareness, cross-cultural awareness, and peacebuilding to share best practices, identify opportunities for partnership between the organizations and to explore the value of a continuing professional network. Organizations present included; Building Bridges, PeaceJam, Facing History and Ourselves, Bold Leaders and Challenge Day—Denver Office. Leaders from within these organizations gathered for an all-day session to describe and share their experiences with one another and to discuss topics of shared interest such as alumni relations and engagement, resource allocation, and organizational collaboration. One of the main outcomes of the meeting is that this discussion should become more frequent and intentional as the cross-community working group attempts to collaborate more in the future. 

Colorado Natural Resources Leadership Summit - 2012

In November 2012, DU's Conflict Resolution Institute set out to determine whether or not there was a niche to be filled amongst Colorado collaboratives, practitioners, and networks to develop an initiative that increased capacity to tackle the contentious natural resources issues in the state. Dr. Frank Dukes and his colleagues at the University of Virginia's Institute for Environmental Negotiation served as partners in this endeavor by providing invaluable knowledge in best practices and cross-sector collaboration gleaned from their own Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute, which serves as a training and networking experience for those who work with natural resources in their state.The Building Capacity for Collaboration in Natural Resources Symposium and Summit brought together leading practitioners and efforts in the state of Colorado to showcase their work, explore the shape of a possible Colorado NRLI, as well as to identify potential Colorado organizational and institutional partners. Information on specific needs, goals, and resources was collected and collaborators are currently working to shape a pilot program.

Religion and Conflict Symposium - 2010 

The CRI, with the Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace (CSDIP) co-hosted a symposium which brought scholars from around the world to discuss the role of religious leaders in the creation or cessation of violence in deeply divided societies. Dr. Rama Mani of the University of Oxford Centre for International Studies provided a keynote address on the role in which religion plays in both fueling conflict and creating sustaining peace. This meeting also included finalizing curricula from the Symposium as a foundation for a new specialization in religion and conflict management, and the intellectual, cultural, and geographic diversity of the scholars taking part in these discussions provided for stimulating debate about the intersections and efficacy of various fields involved in peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

Association for Conflict Resolution Environment and Public Policy Section Conference - 2009

Local communities, regions, states, and national governments are increasingly confronted with the causes, consequences, and conflicts of climate change. Addressing these challenges can be daunting: it requires us to develop, articulate and facilitate broad-scale change, in the face of significant conflicts over values, interests and uncertainty. Collaborative governance approaches have already demonstrated a powerful capacity for promoting sustainability and addressing other environmental challenges. This conference, in June 2009, focused on ways to engage citizens and organizations to confront the vulnerabilities and challenges – as well as leverage the opportunities - associated with global climate change.

Presenters and participants included leading practitioners of environmental conflict resolution and collaborative governance; community and business leaders; scientists; and elected officials and staff from all levels of government. Conference goals included sharing of knowledge, lessons learned, and transferable models, and exploration of innovative new strategies to further the use of consensus-building, collaboration, and conflict resolution to address climate change. Concurrent sessions also focused on emerging best practices as they pertain to the field of environmental conflict resolution in general. The gathering was intended to serve not just as a stand-alone event, but also as the foundation and catalyst for establishing new collaborative efforts to address this global imperative.

Cyprus Conflict and Bicommunal Peacebuilding Symposium - 2007

On April 18, 2007, CRI hosted a public forum chaired by Dr. Fisher, The Cyprus Conflict and Bicommunal Peacebuilding Efforts, which brought together experts on the Cyprus conflict for a public discussion. Harry Anastasiou (Portland State University) began the workshop with a presentation outlining the history of the Cyprus conflict from inception to the current time, Benjamin Broome (Arizona State University) then led a discussion on an overview of bicommunal efforts from 1990-2006, followed by Michael Donahue (Critical Mass Leadership, Denver) outlined an example of current bicommunal work in his organization's youth leadership camp. Diana Chigas (Collaborative for Development Action, Cambridge) closed the panel by discussing how to evaluate the variety of peacebuilding programs. The forum was followed by a wine and cheese reception. The public forum was followed by a two-day workshop on April 19-20, attended by 19 invited experts on the Cyprus Conflict. 

Trauma and Peacebuilding Conference - 2007

In February 2007, the Conflict Resolution Institute hosted our annual conference, "peacebuilding and Trauma Recovery: Integrated Strategies in Post-War Reconstruction," which proved to be one of our most significant achievements to date. This conference was co-hosted by CRI, The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, and the International Disaster Psychology Program of DU's Graduate School of Professional Psychology. • The conference brought together peacebuilding theorists and practitioners, psychologists, cultural anthropologists, and others engaged in the work of transitional justice, post-conflict healing and peacebuilding. The goal of the conference was to examine the important interface between peacebuilding and trauma recovery during post-war reconstruction. This conference allowed for the presentation and sharing of the most current thinking in the fields of peacebuilding and trauma recovery. The conference achieved international visibility and drew marked acclaim from participants. 

Public Conflict Resolution and Collaborative Governance in the West: University Centers as Partners and Conveners - 2006

CRI's 2006 conference convened to address how universities in the West can be better utilized to promote collaborative governance and quality solutions to public disputes. This conference was co-sponsored by the Policy Consensus Initiative (PCI) based in Portland, Oregon, with attendees representing Arizona, Colorado State, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon State, Portland State, Regis, Utah, Washington State, and Wyoming. Several locally based but nationally known private firms sent representatives, including Keystone, Meridian, CDR, and RESOLVE. The Conference explored ways in further enhancing capacity in western states for collaborative governance processes, to better tap into an utilize university resources for these processes, to link and establish relationships between service providers, to make relationships within states work more effectively, and to network across states.

Colorado Community Mediation Summit and NAFCM Regional Training Institute - 2005


Building Constructive Frameworks for Improving Ethnic Relations: Best Practices Here and Abroad 50 Years After Brown v. BOE - 2004


Demonstrating the Impact of Community Mediation in Colorado - 2003