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WHEREAS, the University of Hawaii at Manoa is a land-grant university, established to provide higher education opportunities for Hawaii's citizens; and

WHEREAS, conflict resolution has become a recognized field locally, nationally and internationally and Hawaii is recognized as a place where mediation, meeting facilitation and conciliation are widely practiced; and

WHEREAS, the Program on Conflict Resolution has operated since 1986 with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to conduct research and to provide training and dispute resolution services, which have established Hawaii's reputation as a leader in the field; and

WHEREAS, faculty associated with the Program on Conflict Resolution from more than 10 Manoa departments and programs currently offer courses that teach students the principles and practice of negotiation, mediation, collaboration, group leadership, collective bargaining, and dispute resolution; and

WHEREAS, there is a need to provide greater institutional and intellectual coherence to the theory and practice of conflict resolution within the University and produce a cadre of well-trained graduates; and

WHEREAS, there are numerous professional opportunities for trained dispute resolution professionals in non-profit organizations, private planning and law firms, public agencies, and individual private practice; and

WHEREAS, the proposed curriculum includes a practicum course, a capstone paper, and a final conflict resolution skills assessment; and .

WHEREAS, the proposed Graduate Certificate has been endorsed by the College of Social Sciences and approved by the Graduate Division; and

WHEREAS, no additional faculty, staff or other resources are required for the proposed certificate program; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Manoa Faculty Senate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa recommends that the proposed Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution be approved.

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