The mission of the Center for
Conflict Resolution is to foster peace building through the teaching
and training 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
In pursuit of this mission
the Center is engaged in:
Developing a “teaching
hospital” model that emphasizes student centered learning via
our teaching team, practice team and research team.
Teaching, through the
Salisbury University Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution
program, the analysis of root causes of conflict and effective
techniques of conflict prevention and intervention.
Providing a variety of
training opportunities for practitioners.
Developing flexible conflict
prevention and conflict management programs that are applicable
in a multitude of settings.
Designing and implementing
various on-campus programs including a peer mediation program
and the student conflict resolution club.
Supporting basic and
applied research in the field of dispute resolution.
conflict prevention and education initiatives and activities
in the local community.
Working in partnership
with local, regional, statewide, national and international
organizations to effectively address conflict.
Nurturing student practice
anywhere in the world.
- Bringing pioneering
individuals in the field of conflict resolution to Salisbury
creating a forum to discuss a variety of current issues in the
field of conflict resolution.
The Center is comprised of
four distinct components:
- Community Mediation
Initiative, Community Training Programs, etc.
- CADR major and minor
at Salisbury University, and other Student based Programs.
- A team of seasoned
conflict intervention practitioners (worked in over 50 countries
- Have conducted major
evaluation research for: U.S. EEOC, the State of Maryland, and
the State of California
The Center has come a
long way since its inception and for those interested in learning more
about our history we have provided the following links.
If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click
- To learn about the origins
of the Center (click here)
- To learn about the history
of the Center from 1992-2000 (click here)
- To learn about the history
of the Center from 2000-2004 (click here)
- Dr. Brian Polkinghorn:
Executive Director and Associate Professor
- Robert La Chance,
MA: Managing Director and Academic Program Coordinator
- Haleigh La Chance,
MA: Director of Special Projects and Research Associate
- Michele Ennis-Benn:
Director of Community Mediation and Training
Mediation Initiative Volunteers
Center for Conflict Resolution, Inc.
1100 Camden Ave. | Salisbury, MD, 21801
Phone: 410-219-2873 | Fax: 410-219-2879
The following counter has been active since the Center's new site was put
up in September 2004: