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. 





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?
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Please visit our updated webpage or send an inquiries to agora@gmu.edu

S-CAR Working Groups and Practice Organizations
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. 
Working Group on the Role of the Private Sector in Peacebuilding in Fragile States

S-CAR's Working Group on the Role of the Private Sector in Peacebuilding in Fragile States represents one opportunity to do something about this state of affairs. Its 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.

Interested S-CAR BA/BSc., MSc. and Ph.D. students, alumni, and faculty are invited to attend the first meeting of the academic year at S-CAR's Arlington offices on Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 7:30-8:30 pm in Rm. 5000 in the Metropolitan Building.  Faculty advisor Dr. Dennis J.D. Sandole will facilitate a discussion of the WHAT, WHY, and HOW we can improve the overall record of peacebuilding in conflict-habituated areas. Potential group activities include designing comprehensive peacebuilding interventions into select fragile states involving the coordinated, monitored efforts of case-appropriate private sector, public sector, and civil society actors as well as exploring funding and partnership opportunities.
Africa Working Group
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. 
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 existed at ICAR/S-CAR a continuing Working Group consisting of faculty, students and alums, 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. Many graduates found topics for their thesis or dissertation by working with a cohort of researchers with similar or parallel interests, and several others published their first academic article from work that was done in the Local Zones of Peace Working Group.

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.         

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? 

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 carevent@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 carevent@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)


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