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Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business

La Sierra University Center for Conflict Resolution

Welcome to the Center for Conflict Resolution at La Sierra University. The Center's goal is to help you resolve actual or potential conflicts and implement peer abuse (bullying) prevention systems that lay the foundation necessary for conflict resolution procedures to function. While Center's programs and personnel can provide crucial support as you attempt to reduce the risks posed by threatened or actual litigation, the Center is committed to equipping individuals, groups, and organizations to implement peer abuse prevention systems and to deal successfully with conflicts of all kinds. The Center's mission is to:

  • foster interdisciplinary research and program related to conflict management and peer abuse;
  • offer for-credit and non-credit courses and curricula to prepare students to resolve conflicts and prevent peer abuse in business, government, the not-for-profit sector, and their faith communities;
  • help people and organizations identify best practices for conflict resolution and peer abuse that will strengthen vital relationships; and
  • assist business, governmental, not-for-profit, and religious organizations in resolving conflicts and preventing peer abuse through mediation, negotiation, and facilitation using collaborative, non-adversarial processes and peer abuse prevention training through private for-fee casework as well as pro bono programs, negotiation and advocacy consultation, organizational systems design services, and strategic communication consulting.

La Sierra University is a liberal arts institution affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church; a denomination with a long history of philanthropic service and concern for peace. The Center draws gladly on the rich resources of an Adventist tradition that encourages honesty, respect, intelligence, creativity, and openness to peaceful conflict resolution.  In particular, the Center is responding to the Seventh-day Adventist Call for Peace issued by the denomination on April 18, 2002 (to see text of the Call for Peace click here).

Whatever the outcome of the process of resolving a particular conflict, the Center believes the results for all parties can consistently include satisfaction with the process and am appreciation for training and utilizing individuals who serve as neutrals to help individuals, groups, and organizations address their particular circumstances and needs.

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