Education & Training

The Affinity Group

The Education & Training Affinity Group provides online resources and facilitates collaboration to support and improve education and training activities in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, with an emphasis on sharing information and expertise to enhance the professional practice of our members and the field at large. AfP members interested in joining the Education and Training Affinity Group should demonstrate a commitment to consistent and active participation in meetings.

Goals

  • Increase communication and cooperation to support improving education and training
  • Create opportunities for discussion and action to address important issues in the education of new professionals in the field
  • Enhance understanding and knowledge of educators and trainers by sharing information and resources

The Education & Affinity Group was formed to provide an ongoing structure and mechanism to address the essential activities of educating and training professionals to work in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The initial focus of the group has been on an international level, primarily on addressing violent ethnopolitical conflicts between identity groups (as opposed to interpersonal or group conflict in organizational or community settings). Previous one-off meetings of graduate programs or trainers in peace and conflict resolution have been useful, but need to be transformed into a continuing forum with regular meetings to enhance the preparation of the next generation of peacebuilders and to address important issues, such as the need for diversity, the quality of internships, and the evaluation of programs.

The initial focus will be on increasing the salience and utility of the Group’s web page and to organize an annual symposium on graduate education in peace and conflict resolution. It is hoped that through the interests and initiatives of members other levels of education (e.g., K-12, undergraduate) and professional training in conflict resolution and peacebuilding will become foci for similar activities.

Member Benefits

As a member, you can use this platform to:

  • Share information and build awareness of other professionals, programs and resources related to education and training
  • Network and develop connections to enhance your work and develop collaboration
  • Share and gain knowledge from others that can be applied to your programming

Expectations

As a member, you are expected to:

  • Possess a willingness and commitment to sharing information on education and training as it relates to peacebuilding
  • Operate in good faith with regards to the information shared on this site, including recognizing the Affinity Group if any information is used in publications or proposals

Get Involved

Group Facilitators

Ron Fisher
Professor Emeritus of International Peace and Conflict Resolution
American University
rfisher@american.edu

Necla Tschirgi
Professor of Practice, Human Security and Peacebuilding
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
neclatschirgi@sandiego.edu

Adam Wolf
Administrative Coordinator
Alliance for Peacebuilding
adam@allianceforpeacebuilding.org

If you want to be added to the mailing list, click here. For questions, or if you would like to send a message to the group, contact Adam Wolf.



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For information about the Affinity Group program and other groups, please email Adam Wolf at adam@allianceforpeacebuilding.org.