The Fresno Pacific University Center for Peacemaking convenes, collaborates, serves, and implements evidence-based peacebuilding initiatives for individuals, schools, institutions and communities. Restorative justice is part of a larger ideology of peacemaking, believing it is possible to move from brokenness to wholeness; trauma to healing; and harm to restoration.
The Center for Peacemaking provides ongoing training, workshops and courses in the areas of volunteer service, professional development, and advanced education opportunities.
Purpose And Mission
The Center seeks to accomplish the goal of equipping people to work for the realization of Shalom by offering traditional graduate and under graduate degrees, degree completion programs, and community service opportunities. CPACS is responsible for a variety of activities, including:
- Coordinating baccalaureate and graduate programs in peacemaking and conflict studies.
- Developing and implementing programs and processes that embody Restorative Justice.
- Assisting communities to develop Restorative Justice programs and practices including Victim-Offender Reconciliation Programs (VORP).
- Assisting schools to develop restorative discipline and peer mediation programs.
- Providing mediation training and services to people in churches, schools, and other organizations.
- Encouraging research and development to advance Restorative Justice, peacemaking, and conflict studies.