School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Community Outreach

Conflict Resolution Community of Practice Working Group

The Conflict Resolution Community of Practice Working Group is a new Graduate Student working group that focuses on the physical, applied practice of conflict resolution including Mediation, Negotiation, and Facilitation.  The new working group establishes and manages short and long term projects that allow students to implement the Practice Skills they have learned in their core DCAR classes that are informed by their conflict research knowledge and the sequelae of cultural conflict. This new working group is open to all NSU DCAR and Psychology Graduate Students interested in developing their practice abilities. We will incorporate with the Dean of NSU's Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences once a minimum of ten initial members have signed up. The faculty Advisor for the Conflict Resolution Community of PracticeWorking Group will be Dr Alexia Georgakopoulos at georgako@nova.edu. Working group members can be both distance and resident students and meetings will be held both physically and online. Major projects will be planned for each Residential Instruction period.  Organizing student representatives are Rebecca Arklie, PhD Student and Graduate Assistant for Peace & Conflict Studies journal ra576@nova.edu, DCAR and César Vela Beltrán, velabelt@nova.edu, PhD Student and Graduate Assistant for Mediation Services.

Our working group's projects that will form the basis of hands-on learning and practice of mediation, negotiation and facilitation involve real-world interaction and engagement with many of the conflict communities located within South Florida. One such project is called The South Florida Project, a program of engagement between NSU's Graduate School of Humanities and Social Science and the many conflict communities of South Florida, including Colombian, Haitian, Cuban, and others. The purpose of engaging communities bounded by conflict, loss and trauma is ultimately a process of healing and learning. Such communities need to be engaged in safe and accepting forums where they can express memory and story of trauma and loss and use the outside engager/learners as sounding boards for their interior work of reopening and reexamining loss and trauma in order to integrate these experiences and feelings into their historical narrative.