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MD-ICCCR launches new course on Constructive Multiculturalism: Culture, Conflict, Justice and Change

Addressing Cultural and Multicultural Conflict Dynamics in Organizations
ORLJ 4199A
Summer A 2015

Increasing trends around globalization, technology, and shifting demographics are bringing racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural differences to the forefront of organizational life. These differences can be a source of distrust, discrimination, and division or of innovation, insight, and integration. This module will support participants in exploring the conditions, processes, and skills that reduce discrimination and destructive divisions between members of different groups in organizations and also enhance communication, collaboration, and sense of fairness between these groups. It presents a systemic, multi-level, dynamical model of culture and conflict in organizations, which emphasizes the micro-skills and macro-practices central to fostering constructive intergroup conflict dynamics at work.


Career Opportunity: Executive Director Public Conversations Project (Watertown, MA)

Public Conversations Project: Who We Are

Public Conversations Project (PCP) is a widely respected pioneer and thought leader in the field of dialogue design, facilitation and training. Its practitioners collaborate with groups and organizations to design constructive conversations through which relationships are transformed; healing is promoted where there has been costly conflict, and collaboration is made possible where there has been distance or even distain.

PCP’s staff and associates have worked on a wide range of controversies such as abortion, immigration, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sexual orientation and scripture, prison labor, use of seclusion and restraint by mental health service providers, and forestry practices. They have also worked across religious and ethnic groups, domestically and in other countries, e.g., in Nigeria and Liberia. Their work helps organizations collaborate when collaboration is desired but stymied by historic tensions, stereotypes or misperceptions. They have worked with faith communities torn by internal controversies that have raised fears about who belongs and who is or must be on the margins. Continue reading


CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Modeling Aspects of Sustainable Human Development, Due Nov. 10

Request for Proposals

Modeling Aspects of Sustainable Human Development

The Advanced Consortium for Conflict, Cooperation, and Complexity (AC4) is soliciting proposals from across the Columbia University community to construct statistical, computational, or simulation models that operationalize and test the parameters of sustainable human development (SHD) described below. AC4 will provide seed funding of up to $10,000 to fund graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and research scientists, individually or in teams, to develop proof-of-concept statistical models, computational models, or simulations that advance the scientific community’s understanding of sustainable human development.

Background and Rationale

Throughout recent decades, concepts of human development and sustainable development have become central goals in global, national, and corporate development discourses. Despite this near ubiquity, finding pathways for achieving SHD remains a key challenge inside and across various sectors and disciplines. Great progress has been made in understanding discrete components of the interconnectivity of environmental/ developmental/ social systems, but research and models have yet to adequately integrate complex social and ecological processes across the range of temporal and spatial scales required to fully articulate meta-models of sustainable human development (SHD).

Over the past year, AC4 has been engaged in an interdisciplinary investigation of SHD in partnership with the Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies (ALC) at the University of the Basque Country. As a result of our research, which has included literature reviews, an analysis of current indices of human development and sustainability, and related disciplinary reviews by members of the Columbia University community, we understand SHD to be:

“a series of values, [institutions], and public-private partnership projects that allow society to build its own future, in a socio-economically balanced way that respects both the environment and human rights” (ALC, 2014).

Additionally, based on our extensive disciplinary literature reviews and assessment of sustainability-related indices, we hypothesize that the following four propositions are essential to pursuing SHD:

  1. SHD involves the prevention of deprivation of basic human needs;
  2. SHD involves the promotion of individual agency, equity, and the opportunity to define and pursue individual values at multiple levels of social aggregation;
  3. SHD involves the safeguarding of public, social, and environmental goods at multiple spatial and temporal scales; and
  4. SHD involves resolving conflicts between competing interests and needs via the creation of cooperative social, political, economic, and environmental institutions.
(Fisher & Gimenez, 2014. Manuscript submitted for publication)
We invite proposals for modeling initiatives that operationalize one or more of the above propositions, and seek to validate/falsify them through empirical, computational or simulation- based exploration.


Terms of Award

AC4 will award seed-funding grants for the Spring 2015 semester to develop proof-of-concept models. If awarded, teams are required to submit a midterm progress report demonstrating progress to-date, and a final report describing the modeling effort and results, with appendices including replication files, code, and data as applicable. Proposals will be accepted for initiatives exploring a range of scales/topics/variables.  However, the proposal must demonstrate how the units of analysis and research approach will address one or more of the propositions above.
Preference will be given for innovative approaches to operationalizing Proposition 3 and/or Proposition 4.

Exact terms of the award include:

  • Seed funding up to $10,000
  • Award dates Jan. 1 2015 – June 30 2015
  • Eligible applicants include graduate students, postdocs, Associate Research Scientists & Faculty
  • Successful proofs-of-concept may request additional funds for model refinement at the end of the award.
  • Award recipients retain all intellectual and publication rights to their models. Mid-term and final progress reports required, with relevant replication files.


Submission Requirements

Proposals should be no greater than 5 pages in length. They must include:
  • A cover page including the names, department affiliations, and degree programs (if applicable) of all team members. Please indicate which member will serve as contact person throughout the application and research process. All graduate students must also include a letter of support from a faculty advisor.
  • A hypothesis and proposed methodology.
  • A brief description of the level(s) of social-environmental aggregation that will be modeled including: units of analysis (individuals, states, etc.) and potential social, institutional, and/or environmental variables to test.
  • Data required and available to implement the model.
  • Methodology
  • Citations/References
  • A timeline of anticipated progress and key milestones. Research must be conducted between January 1 and June 30, 2015.
  • An itemized budget, including fringe at 32.5% for all postdocs, Associate Research Scientists, and faculty members.

Please send proposals and letters of support (if applicable) to Kristen Rucki at

Application deadline: Monday, November 10, 2014, midnight EST.

Award letters will be issued by December 1, 2014.

Please direct any questions to Kristen Rucki (


New Gift to Create the Lida A. Orzeck Scholarship Fund

Teachers College has received a restricted, endowed gift from Lida Orzeck to create a new $100,000 scholarship. The new fund, to be named the Lida A. Orzeck Scholarship Fund, will be used to provide scholarship assistance to students pursuing a doctoral degree in the Social-Organizational Psychology program. In recognition of Orzeck’s $50,000 gift, the College will match the Donor’s pledge on a 1:1 basis and allocate $50,000 of unrestricted funds to function as an endowment. The scholarship recipient is to be selected by the Office of Financial Aid in consultation with the faculty, and will be distributed based on demonstrated financial need. The Lida A. Orzeck Scholarship can be renewed on an annual basis, or until the recipient completes her/his degree, as long as the recipient remains in good academic standing. A copy of the gift agreement is included below.


AC4 is looking for an Assistant Director

Apply on the website:

Advertised Summary Job Description Reporting to the Director of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4)The AC4 Assistant Director coordinates the general operations of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4). Duties and responsibilities include: 1) human resource coordination ; 2) budget monitoring and reconciliation; 3) coordinating financial transactions; 4) managing AC4’s event portfolio; 5) supporting AC4’s communication structure; and 6) additional project support as needed.
A Bachelor’s degree and/or its equivalent along with 3-5 years of work related experience.
The candidate must have exceptional analytical and organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail. He/she must also have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including the ability to give clear and concise presentation of complex material.*The incumbent must be able to function independently and to exercise discretion and judgment in sensitive and potentially controversial matters and have the flexibility and adaptability along coupled with attention to detail, and experience and comfort working efficiently on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

*He/she should also have broad computer skills including word-processing, budgetary tools and databases.

*Preference will be given to candidates who possess a Master’s degree related to conflict resolution, non-violence, peace building, and/or sustainable development, and who have experience working toward the goals of the AC4.*Have a demonstrated commitment to conflict resolution, non-violence, peace-building and sustainable development.

*Have knowledge of interdisciplinary research and practices.


Conflict Lab Internship Program, Apply Now!


Conflict Lab Internship Program (CLIP)

International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Teachers College, Columbia University

Research Intern (part-time, unpaid)

Deadline for applications: September 12, 2014

Job Description

Research Interns work on specific research projects throughout the academic year. Most interns spend their time performing a mix of administrative and research-related tasks.  The program is intended to link the Center’s research project leads to specific Research Interns in a process that includes a series of orientation meetings to introduce them to the work, as well as broader programmatic meetings for skill building and lab management coordination.

Interns are expected to develop a comprehensive understanding of research programs at Professor Peter Coleman’s Peace and Conflict Dynamics Lab, and get a better sense of its design and implementation.

Fall internship appointments start in September and require a minimum weekly commitment of 8 hours for one academic year.


The primary responsibilities of the research intern include but are not limited to
–          Assisting in the day-to-day implementation and operation of research studies conducted by the unit.
–          Run participants in the lab following scripts and protocols.
–          Recruiting and retaining research participants (e.g. eligibility screening, enrollment, scheduling) and administrating participant appointments (informed consent, collection of data, participant reimbursement).
–          Conducting occasional literature reviews and other research as requested by research project leads.

All research involves a good deal of administrative work (e.g. data entry, data cleaning, participant appointments) and thus the research intern should expect a considerable amount of paperwork.

Interns are also given the opportunity to work with researchers from collaborating agencies such as The Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at the Earth Institute. Research interns leave CLIP with the skills necessary to perform standard research procedures, and a good background in conflict resolution, cooperation, and social justice.

–          Demonstrated interest in the field of conflict resolution
–          Excellent communication and writing skills
–          Research and analytical skills
–          Computer literacy, especially with MS Word and Excel
–          Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
–          Quantitative and qualitative research skills are an asset

Please send your resume and cover letter to Jen Hull at to apply.