To enhance the capacity of people and organizations to advance conflict-related discourse, enact constructive change, and inspire peace and development.
Our mission is four-fold:
(1) to prepare engaged, interdisciplinary change-makers with rigorous academic and practice skills for peacemaking and development in domestic and international contexts; (2) to produce cutting edge, policy-relevant research on conflict, peace, and development; (3) to enact peacebuilding, conflict management, and development programming and practice in a variety of contexts across disciplines, sectors, and levels of analysis; and, ultimately (4) to inspire peace and promote positive change.
The School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development aims to advance the mission of Kennesaw State University by working toward these goals:
Provide educational opportunities that will give our graduates the maximum options for employment;
Create a shared sense of purpose among faculty, staff, and students engaged in conflict management, peacebuilding, and development locally and globally;
Contribute (through research, teaching, practice and engagement) to the prevention, reduction, elimination, resolution and transformation of violent conflict both domestically and internationally;
Develop strategies and tools to systematically analyze, understand, explain and predict conflict and the mechanisms that contribute to its solution, including the use of nonviolence to address injustice; and,
Make the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Kennesaw State University a true first-choice destination for conflict management, peacebuilding, and development scholarship, education, and practice in the United States and across the globe.
Kennesaw State University is a Carnegie Classified Doctoral Research University located approximately 20 miles northwest of Atlanta. With an enrollment of over 36,000 students representing over 90 countries, we are one of the 50 largest public universities in in the United States. Though others have followed, we were the first university to host one of United Nations Training and Research’s CIFAL training centers on campus, which allows for an excellent working relationship between their staff and our faculty and students.