S-CAR Student Associations

S-CAR Student Associations


The Student Association (SA) is a student led and officially registered organization created in an effort to build better relationships among students, staff, and faculty at S-CAR.  The SA advocates on behalf of student concerns to the faculty on issues relevant to S-CAR and assists students in navigating the challenges of life at Mason and in the Washington, DC area. 




Agora is an official student organization and honor society of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution on Fairfax.


Agora exists to create an environment for socializing; networking; the discussion of current events, conflict theories, and other relatable topics; and field involvement. It seeks to provide student to student mentoring; scholarships; and the promotion of student accomplishment through awards, honors, and special recognitions; among many other things. Agora is for students by students.

Meetings are held every Monday night at 7:30pm in the Johnson Center Meeting Room E.

Agora is open to all students at George Mason University.

S-CAR Working Groups
S-CAR Working Groups
There are a variety of working groups, found on S-CAR's Community Network and Forum (NING), where students 'gather' to focus on a particular project or area.  
Participating in a working group is a great way to get outside of the classroom experience by holding meetings and events related to a particular topic within the conflict resolution field.  Some working groups are more active than others year to year and have published works together, or held events such as conferences and panel discussions. 

More Working Groups can be found on the S-CAR Community Network and Forum.  These links go to group pages on the S-CAR Community Network and Forum. You must be a member of the network, and in some cases, the group itself to access them.  Join today!


Africa Working Goup is an affiliation of people who have an interest in peacebuilding and conflict resolution issues in Africa. The Africa Working Group (AWG) at The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) is an association of academic practitioners, activists, and students interested in fostering an in-depth understanding of contemporary African issues. Any interested persons may join the Africa Working Group. The working group was founded in the early 1990s by S-CAR students and faculty. To this end, the AWG has utilized advocacy, activism, research and seminars to engage the Washington metropolitan community and others in African affairs. AWG has hosted some notable events which include the African Peacemakers Encounter, conference marking the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide; a Darfur symposium; and a book reading with Rwandan author Louise Mushikiwabo. In 2006 and 2007, AWG hosted a Career Fair in Peacebuilding, Symposium on Comprehensive Peacekeeping in Africa as well as several brown bags on contemporary issues confronting Africa.

Working Group - Internal Displacement (WG-ID)

Join WG-ID, for an opportunity to learn about the phenomenon of internal displacement. Learn of the challenges of investigating such communities, meet with scholars and practitioners from around the DC area. Brainstorm on aspects of policymaking needed to address this crisis in the framework of S-CAR practices.

Gender and Conflict Working Group

The S-CAR Gender Working Group is dedicated to fostering discourse and encouraging research on a wide spectrum of gender and conflict related issues. The group is comprised of students, faculty and staff, as well as academics and professionals outside of S-CAR interested in issues of gender and conflict.                           

S-CAR's Latin American and Caribbean Working Group is a team of students and faculty who share an interest in and passion for the policies, issues, history and current conflicts affecting Latin America and the Caribbean. We invite guest speakers to share their expertise, organize film showings and special discussions, and work together on initiatives to better understand and transform conflicts in the region.
Originally started by Prof. Rich Rubenstien, this active group explores the structural foundations of societal conflicts and proposes projects seeking to address it.  Activities include attending and/or developing conferences, and working on team publications.

Interested in starting a new working group? 

If a small group of students would like to start a working group at S-CAR, they should first approach a faculty member who is willing to serve as their "advisor".  Once the group is formed, email scarmgr1@gmu.edu to let us know about the new working group (name, breif description, contact information).    Be sure to start the group on the S-CAR Community Network and Forum.  This is also where you can post event and meeting announcements.  Email scarmgr1@gmu.edu if you have any events or meetings you would like to publicize to the S-CAR Community.

GMU Student Organizations

The University also provides many opportunities to become involved in student organizations. Here are some helpful links that may be of interest:


Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA)  http://si.gmu.edu/student-governance/gapsa/

  Office of Student Involvement


   Get Connected!


  Student resources page (with organizations)


Student Practice Organizations








Dialogue and Difference is a new initiative at Mason aimed at building a stronger campus community through sustained dialogues around difficult and controversial issues.

The program is coordinated through The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and University Life, and offers a variety of dialogue related events, training and coursework each semester. To see the calender of upcoming events and training oppportunities, check out the website below.

Participation in the program is open to all members of the Mason community (students, faculty and staff).

Contact: Prof. Patricia Maulden at 703-993-9804 or at pmaulden@gmu.edu

Website: http://scar.gmu.edu/dialogue-and-difference/12157


Peer Mediation Partners

Peer Mediation Partners (PMP) is a student organization housed in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Undergraduate Program. It partners with middle and high school students in an effort to build strong and sustainable peer mediation programs. PMP conducts needs assessments at schools and runs training and skills development workshops for students and teachers.  Members give students individualized, dynamic experiences through engaging classroom, club, conference, and training activities. PMP members gain skills and experience in mediation, leadership, facilitation, dialogue, training, role-plays, round-table discussions, and more.This is accomplished through teaching and implementing relevant conflict analysis and resolution theories, techniques, and practices.PMP also supports the annual Fairfax County Schools Pathways to Peace Conference for secondary, middle and elementary schools.  Contact the S-CAR Undergraduate Program at 703-993-4165.


With One Word


With One Word (WOW) is a student organization supported by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Undergraduate Program focusing on anti-bullying education on campus.  Open to all GMU members, With One Word hosts dialogues, organizes presenters and conferences and plan activities that raises awareness on campus of bullying.   Contact the S-CAR Undergraduate Program at 703-993-4165 for more information.

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