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Divided Community Project

The Divided Community Project (DCP) provides dispute resolution and systems-design expertise to help local community and university leaders enhance community resiliency and prepare for and respond to events that polarize their communities.  Winner of the American Bar Association’s Cooley Lawyer as a Problem Solver Award, the project helps strengthen local capacity to transform division into collaboration and progress.

We live in extraordinary times: they are promising, yet contentious.  Feel free to use our Virtual Toolkit, just below, of guides, checklists, and even video interviews that might be helpful resources as you seek to help your community or university bridge differences.  Contact us directly if you think we might help.

Carl Smallwood
Executive Director, Divided Community Project

Guidance for Collaborative Racial Equity Initiatives

Public officials are convening multi-pronged initiatives to advance racial equity at the local and state levels, and there are proposals to do so at a national level.  In two guides, the project and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies combine to identify promising ideas for processes to achieve the goals set for these initiatives and for dealing with symbols, names, statues, and public spaces.

The Bridge Initiative at Moritz

DCP’s Bridge Initiative provides a distinguished panel of experienced former US Department of Justice Community Relations Service leaders/conciliators, police chiefs, and mediators to assist local leaders to address an emergent crisis or plan for dealing with community unrest and its underlying causes.