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ACU’s Center for Conflict Resolution receives grant

By Lynne Bruton - director of public relations Abilene Christian University



The Center for Conflict Resolution at ACU recently received $5,000 from the Community Foundation of Abilene to assist with the costs of developing conflict resolution curriculum and training materials for economically and educationally disadvantaged adults. Once the materials are developed, the Center will partner with Abilene nonprofits currently serving disadvantaged adults to help implement the curriculum. “We are excited about {{more}} receiving this grant and what this project will mean to the community,” said Dr. Joe L. Cope, executive director of the Center for Conflict Resolution. “This is the first funding we have received from the Community Foundation of Abilene, and we know that it will greatly benefit the Center and its efforts to equip, encourage and support individuals as peacemakers. We are particularly excited about how this project allows us to partner with the Abilene community.” The Community Foundation of Abilene is a permanent collection of charitable funds supported by the general public and serving the greater Abilene region. The Community Foundation has assets of $73 million; grants in 2007 totaled $5.3 million.ACU’s conflict resolution program began in 2000, and provides services through three programs: the Alternatives in Mediation program, the West Texas Mediation Center and OnePeace Conflict Resolution Services. The AIM program is a free service to ACU students, staff and faculty. It encourages the productive resolution of conflict, and teaches the skills and spirit of peacemaking through mediation. The West Texas Mediation Center is a partnership between the Abilene Better Business Bureau and the Center that provides low-cost dispute resolution services for businesses and customers to resolve commercial conflicts. OnePeace Conflict Resolution Services is the Center’s in-house consulting group. The group provides training in conflict management, prevention, resolution and reconciliation as well as direct conflict intervention, analysis, coaching and mediation services. In addition, ACU offers a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation and a graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution.The university offers a masters degree in conflict resolution and reconciliation. For more information on the ACU Center for Conflict Resolution, contact Dr. Joe Cope at

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