Major Dispute Resolution Initiatives
The JAMS Foundation will, on occasion, initiate and fund major projects in selected areas of dispute resolution education, training or services, based on its own assessment of current needs and available opportunities.
In response to recurring incidents of violence and social unrest involving police and community members nationwide, the Foundation is proud to support specialized mediation and de-escalation training for law enforcement personnel and to facilitate vital communication between police and community stakeholders addressing the sources of conflict and fostering mutual understanding and trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (Columbus, OH)
Divided Community Project - A five-year, $1 million grant supporting an ambitious initiative to provide public officials and community leaders across the country with resources and technical support to avert civic unrest before it occurs and to respond constructively to violent social conflict that does erupt. The multi-faceted Project includes the active participation of experienced interveners, public officials, current and former chiefs of police, bar association representatives, community leaders, scholars and researchers nationwide.
Pepperdine Caruso School of Law– Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (Malibu, CA)
Beyond the Dialogue Initiative - A two-year, $450,000 grant supporting a series of coordinated conflict resolution trainings, interventions and collaborations between Los Angeles Police Department officers, community leaders and interested stakeholders throughout Los Angeles County. The initiative seeks to honor the distinct experiences of law enforcement and community members while fostering a shared basis for mutual understanding and collaborative action.
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (Detroit, MI)
Community Policing Innovations Fund - $40,000 to support a variety of programs and activities for community members and law enforcement in several communities in Southeast Michigan. The initiative seeks to encourage a range of approaches to restoring trust and improving relations between the police and the communities they serve, including data collection, public storytelling, disability awareness training, and Police-Community Summits focused on restorative practices and collaborative problem solving.
Center for Conflict Resolution (Chicago, IL)
Pilot Mediation Program for Citizen Complaints of CPD - $50,000 to support a pilot mediation program for select police misconduct complaints involving Chicago Police Department officers, including issues of perceived bias, harassment, discourteous treatment and failure to provide appropriate service, providing opportunities for transformational dialogue between officers and community members to address harms caused and rebuild public trust.
New York Peace Institute (New York, NY)
Police Training and Mediation Referral Initiative - A three-year, $380,000 grant to provide specialized mediation and de-escalation training for police officers throughout New York City, creating cadres of Neighborhood Coordination Officers specially trained to de-escalate and resolve conflict, and to foster more positive relations with local communities. The project also creates a robust referral program to community mediation centers and resources for creating similar programs for law enforcement agencies nationwide. http://nypeace.org/
Previously Funded Initiatives
Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE)
Temple University/Educators for Social Responsibility/Creative Response to Conflict/Western Justice Center Foundation
A four-year, $600,000 grant to substantially increase the number of public school teachers provided conflict resolution education and training. In partnership with graduate level departments of education, school districts, and non-profit providers nationwide, this initiative provided conflict resolution training to pre-service and in-service teachers and administrators, as well as support services to build capacity, sustainability and a culture of conflict prevention and resolution in schools throughout the U.S. https://creducation.net/about_the_crete_project/
JAMS, the nation’s premier provider of commercial dispute resolution services, established the non-profit JAMS Foundation to provide financial assistance for conflict resolution initiatives with national and international impact and to share its dispute resolution experience and expertise for the benefit of the public interest.
- David Brandon
Managing Director, JAMS Foundation
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