Call for Proposals: International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education – Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Tension and Opportunities

By: David J. Smith, December 1, 2015

Deadline Extended to January 7th, 2015

June 17 – 22, 2015

Hosted by The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University,

 Arlington, Virginia, USA 

Wednesday and Thursday, June 17  – 18, 2015 Pre-Conference Trainings
Friday and Saturday, June 19– 20, 2015 Main Conference – Keynotes and Workshops
Sunday and Monday, June 21– 22, 2015 Seminar for Colleges and Universities Developing Peace and Conflict Studies Programs

Keynote Speakers (June 19 – 20, 2015)

  • Luis Moreno Ocampo, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
  • Suraya Sadeed, Executive Director, Help the Afghan Children; Author, Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse
  • Dr. Hal Saunders, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State; Director of International Affairs, Kettering Foundation; Former President, International Institute for Sustained Dialogue
  • Invited, Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Assistant Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Coordinates the work of the Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Women

Pre-Conference Trainings (June 17 – 18, 2015, 9:00a.m.-5p.m.)

Two-Day Pre-conference Trainings, Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18, 2015

  • Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR): Breaking Cycles of Violence, Eastern Mennonite University
  • Toward a Healthier Campus Community Through Sustained Dialogue: A Training for College and University Faculty, Staff, Administrators and Students, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network

One-Day Pre-Conference Trainings, Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 OR Thursday, June 18th, 2015

  • Teaching Peace Resources for College and University Classrooms and Tour (Wednesday, June 17th, 2015)

United States Institute of Peace (This workshop will take place at the USIP offices)

  • Human Rights Education in the Classroom (Thursday, June 18th, 2015) Human Rights Education Associates
  • The Elements of Teaching Peace Studies: A Pedagogical Workshop for Peace Studies Faculty (Thursday, June 18th, 2015) Center for Nonviolence and Democratic Education, Judith Herb College of Education, The University of Toledo.
  • The Organization of American States and its role in the promotion of democracy, human rights, and peacebuilding in the Hemisphere. Tour of OAS historic building. Engaging the youth in negotiation and conflict resolution through the Model OAS General Assembly for students (Thursday, June 18, 2015) Organization of American States (This workshop will take place at the OAS offices).

            And more…Check the web site in mid – December for a complete listing

The 2015 conference builds upon prior conferences in 2004 – 2013 in Ohio, and 2014 in Virginia, which brought together government representatives from among the 50 states and around the globe and their non-governmental organization partners who have legislation or policies in place on topics such as conflict management, human rights,  social and emotional learning, peace education, democracy education, civics education, and multi-cultural/global education at the K-12 level and in colleges and universities. Conference and meeting publications from seven of the conferences are available by clicking on the options on the right hand side of the web page at:

The International Conference on CRE is an opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and research. Presentations will focus on innovations in the fields that are making broad impacts in local, state, national, and international communities.  Participants will exchange best practices, evaluation methodology, creation of policy implementation structures, consideration of obstacles to success, and new and innovative use of training, resources and technology. Conference participants will be drawn from the local, state, national, and international community.  College students and faculty are encouraged to attend and present their findings.

Audience:  Those interested in Culturally Inclusive Conflict Resolution Education, Human Rights, Civic Engagement, Global Education/Citizenship, Conflict Resolution Education (CRE)/Social and Emotional Learning(SEL)/Peace Education (PE), Restorative Justice, Democracy Education, and Citizenship Education, including policy makers, practitioners, researchers, educators, college and university faculty, staff, and students, K-12 educators, public health officials, gender based violence prevention practitioners, local, national, and international policy makers, and individuals who work with youth serving organizations.


Planning Committee:

Antioch University

Austin Community College

Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Science

Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Winning Against Violent Environment Program (WAVE)

Cuyahoga Community College

Eastern Mennonite University, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

Fairfax County Public Schools

George Mason University

The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

International Foundation for Electoral Services (IFES)

Kennesaw State University, Master of Science in Conflict Management Program

University of Maryland, Center for Dispute Resolution

Northwest Vista Community College

Ohio State University, Center for Slavic and East European Studies

Organization of American States

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Sinclair Community College

Sustained Dialogue Institute

University of Toledo

Virginia Tech University


Themes for proposals:


  1. Topics may include prevention and intervention strategies (domestic and international) in Human Rights and CRE initiatives or closely related topics including:
Arts, Media, and Technology Career Paths in Conflict Resolution and Peace Citizenship Education/Democracy Education
Citizenship Responsibility Conflict Resolution Education/Peace Education in K-12 Conflict Resolution Skills
Dialogue-based Processes Faith-based Initiatives Family Engagement & Juvenile Justice: Partnering to Prevent Delinquency
Gang Prevention Gender Based Violence Prevention Intercultural Understanding/Cultural Sensitivity/Ethnic-Race Relations
Mediation – Peer, School, University, Community Negotiation Other Traditional and Local Culturally Relevant Approaches
Parent/School/Community Partnerships Reconciliation Restorative Justice/ Peacemaking Circles
Social and Emotional Learning Social Justice Special Education Dispute Resolution Processes
Trauma and Mental-health Building Capacity in Civil Society Community Policing
Protecting Vulnerable Populations Based on Age (youth and seniors), Ability (mental and physical), Gender, Sexual Orientation, etc. Indigenous Peoples Human Trafficking




  1. Proposals may highlight innovative education strategies in CRE:


Arts, Media, and Technology Building Democratic Classrooms Career Paths in Conflict Resolution and Peace
Community Development Curriculum Infusion/Integration Development of Peace and Conflict Studies Certificates/Programs at Colleges and Universities
Effective Family Engagement Strategies & Their Impact on School Climate Economic Fairness Faith-Based Initiatives
Family Engagement & Academic Outcomes Gender Dimensions Language – Bridging Gaps
Legislation/Policies/Standards Other Traditional and Local Culturally Relevant Approaches Race and Ethnicity
Service Learning Sexual Education and Violence Prevention Social Networks
Sports and Recreational Activities to Prevent Violence Strengthening Student-Teacher Relationships Student Clubs (Peace Clubs, International Clubs, Social Justice Clubs, etc)
Student Councils Whole School Approaches/Culture Change Youth Participation at a Local Level


  1. Research, policy, and evaluation on above themes:

Note – Presenters are asked to give emphasis to positive change strategies.  In addition, presenters are asked to begin their presentations by briefly providing the context for their work – to describe the challenge in the community briefly and then provide information on strategies used to address these challenges.  We invite proposals for organized panels, roundtable discussions, workshops and other creative contributions on the topics of:

  • Best practice program models for teaching and training at the national/regional/state/local level in K-12 and/or higher education;
  • Strategies for creating related policy/standards/legislation at the national/regional/state/local level;
  • Strategies for evaluating related programming;
  • Strategies for policy creation/implementation;
  • Some possible questions to address include:
    • What does scholarly research, across the disciplines, have to offer on the conference themes?
    • What political, social and economic structures best assist communities implementing conference themes and innovative policies and programs?
    • What case studies, negative and positive, can help us work through these issues?


Presentation Format Preferred (Select ONE):

  • Panel – You will be added to a panel and would have approximately 20 minutes to present, with 10 minutes for questions. You would be grouped with up to two other panelists.  If you want the 90 minutes, as you have 2+ people on your own panel, please make that notation so we know you do not need to be grouped with other presenters. 
  • Inter-active workshop – This is exactly as it sounds. You will have 90 minutes. 
  • Roundtable discussion – This would be a facilitative discussion for 90 minutes of the participants who come to your workshop, including your presenters.


Scheduling:  We will be scheduling workshops to balance content on Friday and Saturday. If you can only present on one of these days, please indicate that now as we cannot accommodate requests once the schedule has been set.

Priority will be given to proposals that share implementation of best practices in Human Rights and/or Conflict Resolution Education specifically at a local and/or global level in policies/standards/legislation and macro-level capacity building in states, regions, or countries.  Proposals should include how the policy or practice is culturally tailored to the demographics of the region in which it is being applied and what form of evaluation is being used in order to show effectiveness of the policy or practice. 


Criteria for Evaluation and Selection

  • Relevance and interest of topic
  • Demonstrated value and originality of topic
  • Appeal to varied categories of participants
  • Qualifications of presenter
  • Demonstrated experience and previous accomplishments
  • Creative mode of presentation (assuring varied modalities among the presentations).  Indication   of presentation methods which are suitable for the content
  •  Presentation of a well-thought-out argument
  • Topic of value to other policymakers/educators/researchers/prevention specialists working in the area of CRE and/or cultural inclusion

IMPORTANT: All presenters must register for the conference by April 10th, 2015 or that will signal to us that circumstances have changed and that you are no longer able to participate.   Special rates are available for those who register by April 10th, 2015.  Presenters registering before April 10, 2015, may register at a special reduced rate of $70 per day per person for the main conference June 19th – 20th (This includes lunch and is a discount of up to 60% off the general conference rate attendance rate), and $80 per day per person for any of the pre-conference trainings June 17th – 18th, 2015 (this includes lunch and is also discounted).  NOTE:  If a School District, College, or University is on the planning committee or chooses to be a sponsor, their students are able to register (with a valid student I.D.) for $30 per day for the main conference June 19th and 20th if they register by April 10th, 2015.  Sponsor forms are due December 7th, 2014.

General Hotel Information (Please note, all details will be provided on the conference web page in November to assist with booking):  For those needing hotel accommodation, a special rate of $149 per night plus applicable taxes (single/double room) is secured near the Arlington, Virginia Campus (a short metro ride away).

DEADLINES: All proposals are due by January 7th, 2015.  Submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail by January 7th, 2015 and all presenters will be notified as to whether they have been selected by January 8th, 2015.   If you do not hear from us by January 7th, 2015 and have submitted a proposal, please call us at 1-216-952-5609.   If you know that you can only attend the conference one day, either Friday or Saturday, please note this on your proposal. We will be scheduling workshops the day after acceptance letters are sent and we can not accommodate late requests to present on one day or the other. Late proposals will be reviewed, and may be accepted if there is space in the program.  Please return all proposals via e-mail to

Questions?  Call Jennifer Batton, Conference Coordinator, at 216-952-5609 or email her at

Does your organization want to be a partner or a sponsor?  Please contact Jennifer Batton, Conference Coordinator at 216-952-5609 or by email at for details.

Proposal Information Needed

Please send the following proposal information for consideration to Jennifer Batton at and be sure to address the four questions on the last page of the proposal.  All proposals are due by January 7th, 2015.  Additional conference details will be posted on the conference web page in early November at


Workshop Title:

Workshop Summary (no more than 200 words):

Presentation Format Preferred (Please circle ONE):  Panel – Roundtable Discussion – Inter-Active Workshop

Scheduling: Please note if you can ONLY present on Friday OR only on Saturday here.

Presenter Information:  We need details for EACH presenter.  If you need more room, please copy and paste.  We need to have emails for each person, in case we cannot reach the main contact at any stage.

  1. Presenter(s) Name: Presenter(s) Titles:


Address where you would like correspondences sent:

Daytime Telephone Number:                                   Fax Number:

E-mail Address (required address):

Biographical Sketch – (no more than 200 words or we will not accept the proposal.  Please submit the summary in third person)

  1. Presenter(s) Name: Presenter(s) Titles:


Address where you would like correspondences sent:

Daytime Telephone Number:                                   Fax Number:

E-mail Address (required address):

Biographical Sketch – (no more than 200 words or we will not accept the proposal.  Please submit the summary in third person)

  1. Please tell us how you see your proposal fitting with the Conference’s theme, “Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Tensions and Opportunities”.
  • Legislation/policies/standards to deliver initiatives at the K-12  or Higher Education level
  • Legislation/policies/standards in colleges of teacher education or within other disciplines
  • Program best practices at the grassroots/community level, in government/non-profits, in primary/secondary schools, or in colleges/universities
  • Evaluation methodology
  • Innovations in use of media and technology
  • Creation of policy implementation structures
  • Consideration of obstacles to success
  1. Audience(s) for your presentation (Please circle all that apply):

College Administrators           College Faculty/Staff             College Students

K-12 Educators                                    Health Educators                    Gender Based Violence Prevention Practitioners

Public Policy Advocates         Social Workers                       Counselors

Safe School Centers                Departments of Education     Youth Serving Organizations

Juvenile Courts                                    Juvenile Detention Facilities Juvenile Prisons

Public Health Officials                        Policy Makers

  1. Briefly (one paragraph or less) share how the policy or practice is culturally tailored to the demographics of the region in which it is being applied.
  2. Briefly (one paragraph or less) share what form of evaluation is being used in order to show effectiveness of the policy or practice?

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