Graduate Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
    Mar 04, 2024  
Graduate Academic Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies




Director: Dr. Larry Dunn


The Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies (CPACS) is a unique expression of the university's commitment to peacemaking in the world.

Purpose and Mission of CPACS

The call to peacemaking is universal and timeless, since conflict is always with us. Its shadow is found in all cultures, in all times,

beckoning for response. When constructive, it leads to better understanding and deeper relationships. When destructive, it tends toward confusion and separation.

The Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies (CPACS)

was established at FPU in 1990:

  •  To promote greater understanding of the dynamics of conflict.
  •  To train people in the theology, science and art of constructive conflict management.
  •  To promote and assist in the development of cooperative dispute resolution and justice programs within the institutions of the church and society.

Programs and Activities

The center is involved with and connected to a variety of programs and

activities, which include:

  •  Graduate and undergraduate programs in peacemaking and conflict studies.
  • Development of educators and leaders around the world
  • Restorative justice and conflict resolution initiatives that embody theory and  create practical opportunities for students.
  • Mediation training and conflict resolution services for people in businesses, churches, schools and other organizations.
  • Consulting services for community, business, church, school, and other organizations
  •  Research and development to advance restorative justice, peacemaking and conflict studies.

Current Programs


  •  Master's degree and graduate certificate options in

peacemaking and conflict studies

  • Undergraduate minor and emphases in peacemaking and conflict studies

Community Involvement 

In addition to those direct services listed above, the center for Peacemaking supports and is connected to the following community-base programs through which practicums and student internships my be arranged:

Community Justice Center, Fresno ( including the Victim offender Juvenile Diversion Program (Fresno County Juvenile Court), Community Justice Conferencing, Circles of Support and Accountability ( COSA) Reentry Program, and other Community Jusitce Restorative Initiatives. 

  •  Peace and justice projects with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
  • And many other community-based peace and Justice programs.