Pardon our Dust! We hope to update this site in early 2022. For now, here are a few key documents. Be sure to check out our virtual toolkit below.
We'd love to see you at our March 11, 2022 collaborative symposium "Rethinking Systems Design for Racial Equity & Justice" hosted by the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution and designed in collaboration with the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Project and Stanford Law School's Gould Center.
Perhaps you are looking for our "Academy Initiative" application portal. Click here.
The Divided Community Project was developed by persons and institutions committed to the belief that dispute resolution practitioners, policymakers and scholars can make a tangible, constructive contribution to helping leaders and citizens in communities seared by tensions, unrest, and civil discord — from Sanford, Baltimore and Ferguson to Dallas and Orlando — to strengthen and expand their capacity and resiliency meet these challenges.
The DCP’s initial focus was to transform the insights and lessons of dispute resolution interveners into tangible principles, guidelines, and suggestions that local public officials and community leaders could immediately deploy to strengthen their broad-based capacity to meet such challenges. The resources here describe specific community engagement and conflict resolution strategies that local leaders can use to identify and address community division and its underlying causes.
While these practice guides were developed over the course of the last few years, we hope that they may be helpful to assist leaders to engage with their fellow citizens in cities across the nation who are expressing outrage and heartache regarding racist attitudes shaping police practices that resulted in the killing of George Floyd, compounded by the shooting of Jacob Blake, and the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other unarmed African-Americans, and the news about disproportionately higher Covid-19 deaths among African-Americans.
We know each local community has the capacity to develop its own solutions to meet its unique needs and offer these tools for community leaders, campus leaders, faculty, community members, and attorneys or mediators to assist them in their important work.
It is in this spirit that we offer our resources. We’ve categorized our resources for community leaders who might identify themselves in one of the following categories and (as posted at the bottom of the page) have developed short video clips which highlight core principles of our work.
For more about DCP and our work, reach out to Deputy Director Bill Froehlich at email@example.com.