Letter to Alumni from Dean Kevin Avruch

Letter to Alumni from Dean Kevin Avruch

Dear S-CAR Alumni,

It gives me great pleasure to write to you as the newly elected Dean of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, a role I engaged in October. The deanship provides me an opportunity to lead the School to address the many challenges and opportunities ahead of us as a School and as a field. Over the last 30 years S-CAR—formerly ICAR and CCAR—has established itself as the preeminent institution of higher education in our field, and it is my intent to ensure that we remain so, addressing the challenges that our field faces in the 21st century, both locally and globally.

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Stay Involved

Over 1,400 people have joined the new S-CAR Community Network and Forum including more than 100 reconnected alums.  This network is closed to S-CAR students, faculty, staff and alumni.  
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Welcome S-CAR Alumni!

 We would appreciate your feedback and suggestions on how best we can communicate and serve our alumni community.

If you would like more information or would like to submit suggestions contact:

S-CAR Alumni Relations scaralum@gmu.edu

Jackie Finch, M.Ed., Career Advisor



10 Ways for S-CAR Alumni to Stay Involved

1. Join the S-CAR Community Network and Form- an online social and professional network designed to keep the S-CAR community connected.

2. Share your accomplishments with S-CAR (publications, career milestones, blogs, awards, etc.).

3. Volunteer/Attend S-CAR Events: Information Sessions for Prospective Students, Idealist Graduate School Fairs, Career Intensives and Panels, S-CAR Alumni Symposium, Welcome Dinner, Open House, Spring Celebration of Achievements,


4. Hold a leadership position within the S-CAR Alumni Chapter.

5. Become an S-CAR Advisory Board Member.

6. Donate to the S-CAR Alumni Scholarship Fund.

7. Talk with your employer about recruiting S-CAR students and gradutes.

8. Host an S-CAR Alumni social gathering.

9. Update your contact information in the GMU Alumni Relations Directory.

10. Keep us informed of where you are and where you are going. 

Professional Associations

Many students, faculty, alumni and staff are members of professional assocations within the field of conflict analysis and resolution.  Below is a short list of just some of the associations you may be interested in joining. 

Association for Conflict Resolution
The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.  We are the nation’s largest professional association for mediators, arbitrators, educators and other conflict resolution practitioners. ACR works in a wide range of settings throughout the United States and around the world.  At ACR, you will find colleagues with similar skills and concerns, whether you are a:
* government employee working with the shared neutrals program,
* school educator teaching peer mediation,
* custody mediator in the court system,
* environmental mediator dealing with regulatory disputes,
* arbitrator dealing with corporate non-performance,
* public policy facilitator working with interagency conflict, or
* divorce mediator working with families, or more!

International Studies Association
The International Studies Association (ISA) has been the premier organization for connecting those interested in pursuing mutual interests in international studies since 1959.  Representing 80 countries, ISA has over 5,000 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 6 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions) and 23 interest groups (Sections) which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.

International Peace Research Association
Since 1964 IPRA has been pursuing interdisciplinary research into the most pressing issues related to sustainable peace around the world today. As a network of scholars, practitioners and decision-makers from all continents, we strive to stay at the cutting edge of the state of the art of peace. IPRA is about building communities of inquiry. For peace research closer to home, contact one of our five geographically distributed regional associations to learn about recent events and initiatives. If you are looking for a more specific discipline within peace and conflict research, get involved with one of IPRA’s Commissions or Working Groups according to your area of specialisation. IPRA, the network for peace researchers, has just held its 22nd Global Conference, in July which provided a space for approximately 400 researchers from all parts of the world to exchange actionable knowledge about this issue in order to advance theory, policy, and practice worldwide. Eight plenary sessions, more than 250 presentations and numerous other activities facilitated this exchange.

American Psychological Association
Based in Washington, D.C., the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With more than 154,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

American Political Science Association
The American Political Science Association, founded in 1903, is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand awareness and understanding of politics.

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