Center for Applied Conflict Management
The Center for Applied Conflict Management (originally called the Center for Peaceful Change) was established in 1971 as a “living memorial” to the students killed by the Ohio National Guard during a student protest against the Vietnam War on May 4, 1970. The Center was created to study and to promote peaceful mechanisms of change. Today the Center for Applied Conflict management regularly enrolls over 1,000 students each year in courses that teach applied skills in conflict management and nonviolent change.
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Undergraduate Degree Program

The Center’s undergraduate degree program, established in 1973, is one of the oldest -- and currently one of the largest -- peace and conflict studies programs in the country. Our popular "Introduction to Conflict Management" class is open to all majors, and satisfies Kent CORE and diversity requirements.  Additional classes offered through the Center provide more intensive training in negotiation, mediation, strategic planning and nonviolent change.=

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Graduate Study Options

The new Conflict Analysis and Management track in the Political Science doctoral degree program is attracting graduate students from all over the world.  Students interested in doing master’s level work can study with CACM faculty through Kent State’s Master in Liberal Studies program.

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Careers & Internships

Our alumni are employed in a variety of fields which include business, finance, social services, nonprofit management, government, human resources, education and training, law, mediation, community organizing and activism.

2014 CACM Honors Week Award

Student & Alumni Spotlight

We love to share stories about our students and alumni — news about awards, new jobs, special events, latest activities and interesting stories can be found here.

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May 4 Information

Learn more about May 4 and its history.



MAY 4, 1970

May 4, 1970 is an important part of Kent State’s history. Learn more about May 4 and its legacy.



Contact Us

Phone: 330-672-3143
Fax: 330-672-3362

Need help resolving conflict? 
Find Conflict Resolution Services on campus.

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