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Announcing the SIS/USIP Community of Practice in Conflict Management and Peacebuilding

We invite you to join the new SIS/USIP community of practice in conflict management and peacebuilding. This unique opportunity is available via a new partnership between the School of International Service (SIS) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to increase the nation's capacity to manage international conflict without violence.

This new partnership allows a limited number of members of the SIS community to participate in the online skills training courses developed by USIP. These trainings have been delivered to over 35,000 practitioners worldwide, including employees of the US Department of State, the US Department of Defense, USAID, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

All members of the SIS community are encouraged to apply, including current undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff. We encourage you to apply with a friend!

By joining this community of practice, you will have the opportunity to connect with other members of the SIS community to develop your skills together in specific conflict management and peacebuilding topics. You’ll gain access to the current courses in the USIP Global Campus training catalog in topics such as post-conflict governance, negotiation, civil resistance, and strategic peacebuilding.

During the 2016-2017 Academic Year, we will host discussion sessions (hosted both on campus and online) with SIS faculty that draw upon the content in the USIP training catalog. You are encouraged to participate in as many courses as you are able, but to ensure the limited licenses available are being utilized to their fullest extent, all members of the community of practice will be expected to participate in at least one discussion session.

Participants are eligible to receive a certificate from SIS/USIP in either Foundations or Critical Skills certifying their completion in a defined sequence of courses. Courses and certificates do not confer academic credit from American University.

Participants will receive access to all courses in the “Foundations Certificate” and the “Critical Skills Certificate” USIP Global Campus training catalog until June 30th, 2017, a value of more than $2,000.

Discussion Sessions

We will host four discussion sessions during the 2016-2017 Academic Year. These discussion sessions will be informed by selected content in the USIP training catalog. All community of practice members will receive notification in advance of discussion session topics. Some discussions will be hosted in person on American University's campus, while others will meet online. These discussion sessions will function much as a "book club" does, with participants engaging with the selected content in advance and then meeting together to discuss, analyze, and interpret.

To ensure the limited licenses available are being utilized to their fullest extent, all members of the community of practice will be expected to participate in at least one discussion session.

Apply to Join the Community of Practice

Thank you for your interest in joining the Community of Practice. The application process is currently closed. Please check back here for updates regarding how you can participate in future events.