The Institute for Conflict Analysis and Intervention is an umbrella organization for scholarly and applied activities on the JMU campus related to the study of conflict communication and intervention. The Institute combines activities in the Major and Minor concentration courses with student activities in the Madison Peace Action student organization; various Institute projects include:
- Hosting conferences and workshops
- Organizing peace-action advocacy and consciouslness rasing round vital social issues on and beyond campus
- Supporting undergraduate research projects
- Supporting students in their career growth and life decision-making process
- Sponsoring student memberships in the international Association for Conflict Resolution
- Providing information on internship opportunities
- Providing information on relevant graduate school programs
The Institute is also a founding member of a national Consortium of University Conflict Transformation Programs. Other founding members of the Consortium are Hofstra University School of Law, University of North Dakota’s Conflict Resolution Center, and Temple University’s School of Adult Education. This relationship promises to generate research and theory-building in the multi-disciplinary field of study known as conflict transformation. It also promises to involve JMU students in the issues, controversies and dialogues that are shaping the conflict discipline.
As a member of the Consortium, the Institute is charged with the following tasks:
- Consolidating a knowledge base regarding relational, systemic or transformative approaches to conflict by, e.g., collecting published works into select annotated bibliographies, collecting previously unpublished essays for inclusion on a web page, and actively soliciting essays, interviews and other publications on topics of interest to the broader conflict field.
- Developing new knowledge about relational, systemic or transformative approaches to conflict by, e.g., initiating research projects and seeking grant funding
- Disseminating knowledge about relational, systemic or transformative approaches to conflict by, e.g., posting articles, essays and annotated bibliographies on the web page; hosting speakers, symposia and conferences; and establishing links to other web sites and knowledge bases.