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Emily Ludwin Miller is completing her B.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (Community/Organizational concentration) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is involved in peer mediation and dialogue programs on campus, and is currently participating in a study abroad program on Community Development, Environmental Sustainability, and Spirituality in Cambodia. Emily hopes to share her passion for conflict resolution by teaching others the skills necessary to successfully manage conflict on an interpersonal and community level.
This citizen circle will introduce participants to the root causes of conflict and the ways in which conflicts develop, as well as several methods for conflict resolution. The program will provide participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand the nature of conflict and to develop skills for conflict resolution.
During the course, participants will keep a journal or blog in which they will respond to weekly prompts as well as personal thoughts, reflections, and ideas in relation to the course.
Course dialogue will be based on readings and videos, all of which will be available online. The current syllabus includes an introduction to conflict theory, and mainly focuses on skills and practices for conflict resolution including nonviolent communication, mediation, dialogue, and nonviolent action, as well as ethics and "best practices" for conflict resolution. The syllabus is highly flexible and can be changed in order to better meet participants' needs - suggestions and input are both welcomed and encouraged!