The Peace & Conflict Studies Center offers professional development opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to learn and practice conflict transformation skills. 

The PACS Center training takes the approach that conflict can be a catalyst for social change and places primary emphasis on the question of social justice. The training includes an exploration of how identity and power imbalances affect the development and resolution of conflict.

Conflict is a natural part of every relationship that can be either a destructive force or a stimulus for creating constructive change. We can learn how to respond in ways that maximize conflict’s potential for positive change.

Peace & Conflict Studies workshops will cover the core skills of conflict transformation. Participants will learn and practice skills related to understanding the roots of conflict, identifying their own and others’ emotions, interests, and positions, and facilitating collaborative problem solving.

This skills training currently takes the form of a Conflict Transformation Academy that takes place in two parts: Level I and Level II. Registration for Level I has now closed, but you can indicate interest in future sessions here.

Those who have completed Level I will be invited to participate in Level II.


Upcoming Series:

Conflict Transformation Academy: Level II- Spring 2021:

Completion of all sessions for Level 1 is a prerequisite to register for Level II.

Level II: Spring 2021: Wednesdays 3-5 PM on 2/24, 3/10, 3/31, 4/14, and 4/28

Faculty and Staff are eligible for up to 10 hours of professional development credit upon completion of all 5 sessions in Level I or Level II.

For questions, please contact Laila Taraghi at


Past Series:

An archived page with details on the Fall 2020 Conflict Transformation Academy- Level I can be found here. 

An archived page with details on Summer 2020 Conflict Transformations Fundamentals Series can be found here.