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About the Center for Dispute Resolution

The Center for Dispute Resolution (CDR) is an organization located in the Department of Communication and the College of Arts and Letters at Missouri State University.

The CDR exists to provide educational and outreach services that give people, organizations, and communities the tools they need to productively manage conflicts. The CDR accomplishes this goal in several ways:

  • by offering conflict management, mediation, training, and educational services;
  • by supporting educational and community programs; and
  • by forming collaborative partnerships with key agencies to promote alternative forms of dispute resolution and innovative programs and processes in conflict management and resolution.

The mission, goals, and activities of the CDR are directly related to the public affairs mission of Missouri State University, in particular the goal of community engagement, which states that, “Students will recognize the importance of contributing their knowledge and experiences to their own community and the broader society.”

By providing training and education, supporting high-impact community programs and outreach services, and advancing the field of conflict management, the CDR actively promotes and embodies the University’s public affairs mission while providing valuable services to this region and beyond.


Learn more about the faculty, staff, and students who keep the CDR operating on a daily basis.


The CDR came from humble beginnings and has grown into one of the most vibrant and diverse University conflict centers of its kind.