Mission

COEX students sitting together.

Even as modern communications and technology reshape our world, the fault lines that divide ethnic, religious and cultural populations continue to divide nations and regions and bring misery to millions of innocent people. And, with each passing year, the risks that such conflict and violence pose to our collective well-being only increase. Perhaps never before has there been a greater need for professionals possessed with skills and creative approaches to conflict resolution and peaceful coexistence. 

The Conflict Resolution and Coexistence program at Brandeis University, launched in 2004 with the help of the Alan B. Slifka Foundation, is designed to help the leaders of tomorrow acquire those skills and meet those challenges. The program was launched and developed until 2009 under the auspices of Brandeis University's International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. This history reflects our ongoing commitments to working across disciplinary boundaries and promoting integrity. Our mission is born from a commitment to building socially inclusive societies. The vision is of a world where diversity is embraced for its positive potential, respect for persons is a core value, interdependence between different groups is recognized, equality is actively pursued, and the use of weapons to address conflicts is increasingly obsolete.