Mission and Vision

The mission of the School of Peace and Conflict Studies is to:


  • Embody and promote the School’s role as a “living memorial” to the four students killed at Kent State on May 4, 1970; and to honor their memory by always working for peaceful change
  • Produce rigorous multidisciplinary research that informs teaching and practice and is capable of shaping broad-based public and policy action for peaceful change
  • Develop in our students the critical and applied skills and knowledge necessary for them to achieve their full potential and to bring about positive peaceful change in the lives of others at personal, organizational, community, national, and global levels
  • Develop and promote innovative practices that produce tangible social impact


The vision of the School of Peace and Conflict Studies is to:

    • Be a leading international center for interdisciplinary applied research, practice, and experiential learning with a shared commitment to diversity, inclusion, and peaceful change
    • Empower people with the knowledge, skills, and awareness to prevent, resolve and transform conflict and to build more just and sustainable peaceful communities and societies at local, national and international levels.