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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. While Center programs and personnel can provide crucial support as you attempt to reduce the risk of litigation, the Center is committed to equipping people to deal successfully with conflicts of all kinds. The Center's mission is to:

  • foster interdisciplinary research related to conflict management;
  • offer for-credit and non-credit courses and curricula designed prepare students to resolve conflicts in business, government, the not-for-profit sector, and their faith communities;
  • help people and organizations identify best practices for conflict resolution that will strengthen vital relationships; and
  • assist business, governmental, not-for-profit, and religious organizations in resolving conflicts through mediation, negotiation, and facilitation using collaborative, non-adversarial processes-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-including the value of the assistance provided by a trained, neutral party-and the attention paid to the parties' circumstances and needs.

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