Join the S-CAR Community

Join the S-CAR Community

S-CAR offers a rich and diversified student life experience, with multiple opportunities to become involved in conflict analysis and resolution activities, on campus and off.  Students are deeply engaged in pursuing activities related to their research, often joining with their peers and/or with faculty to run conferences, participate in working groups, doing interventions, writing joint publications and presentations, and other similar activities. 

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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.


Official undergraduate student organization sponsored by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. 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; leadership training; scholarships; and the promotion of student accomplishment through awards, honors, and special recognitions; among many other things. Agora is for students by students. Agora is open to all students at George Mason University. 

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

Interested in Agora? Looking for more information? Do you have a world changing idea? Please visit our updated webpage or send an inquiries to

S-CAR Working Groups and Practice Organizations
S-CAR Working Groups
Working groups can be found on S-CAR's Community Network and Forum, 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.
Working Group on the Role of the Private Sector in Peacebuilding in Fragile States
This group's mission is to examine the role of the private sector -- absent from most peacebuilding interventions dominated by the public sector and civil society -- in addressing core underlying, deep-rooted causes and conditions associated with poverty, corruption, and economic underdevelopment that drive violent identity conflicts and their terrorist manifestations. Contact Dr. Dennis Sandole for more info.
Africa Working Group
Africa Working Goup is an affiliation of people who have an interest in peacebuilding and conflict resolution issues in Africa.
Systemic Violence and System Transformation Working Group
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.

Zones of Peace Working Group
Between 2000 and 2011 there the Zones of Peace working group focused on researching local peace communities who were trying to find a way of surviving peacefully in countries wracked by insurgencies and civil wars – places like the Philippines, Colombia, Northern Ireland or Aceh.

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.

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 Dialogue and Difference Project aims to promote cultural, political, and social understanding through the process of community dialogue participation.
Peer Mediation Partners (PMP) is a student organization that partners with middle and high school students in Northern Virginia in an effort to build strong and sustainable peer mediation and collaborative conflict resolution programs.

Interested in starting a new working group? 
First, find a faculty member who is willing to serve as their "advisor."  Once the group is formed, email 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 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)

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Office of Student Involvement


Student resources page (with organizations)

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