Academy Initiative

Strengthening Democratic Engagement to Address Local Civil Unrest

Scheduled in Chicago for March, 2020, the Divided Community Project (DCP) at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, in partnership with the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution (Collectively the Hosts) host second a national Academy, We, the People: Strengthening Democratic Engagement to Address Civil Unrest for Community Leaders.  The program’s goals are three-fold:
  1. Strengthen conflict resolution-related planning and capacity building.
  2. Support and strengthen the development of a local ‘core’ leadership convener group for four communities.
  3. Provide planning opportunities for each core leadership group.

Additional details about the Academy Initiative are forthcoming.  To stay up to date, please email with the subject line “Academy Initiative”.

The application window will open in late summer and close in early fall

The project will invite “core leadership groups” to apply.  Ideally, a core leadership group should include two representatives from municipal infrastructure (ideally a high-ranking police official and a city manager or the equivalent), two representatives from the local non-profit community, two community advocates, a member of a religious organization, and a representative from an educational institution.

Application criteria will be described in detail shortly, and will include the following components:

  1. Diversity
  2. Commitment
  3. Need

Commonly Asked Questions

Who participated in the first Academy?

Core leadership groups from the following communities:

  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Kenyon College
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Portland / Oregon

What is the cost?

Due to generous support from the AAA-ICDR Foundation, the Academy is free for core community leaders.  The Hosts will provide coach airfare, lodging, and meals for Academy participants.