Graduate Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
    Jul 19, 2024  
Graduate Academic Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies

Purpose and Mission of CPACS

Programs and Activities

Current Programs


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 incolved with and connected to a variety of programs and activities, which include:

• Graduate and Undergraduate programs in peace-making and conflict studies.

• Development of educcators 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

Academic Programs

  •  Master's degree and 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-based programs throughh which practicums and students internships may be arranged:
  • Community Justice Center, Fresno (including the Victim offender Juvenile Diversion program( Fresno County Juvinile Court), Community Justice Conferencing, Circle of Suppor and Accountability (COSA) Reentry program, and other community Justice Restorative Initiatives.
  • Peace and justice Projects with Mennonite Central commitee (MCC)
  • And many other community -based peace and justice programs. 



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