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Undergraduate Dispute Resolution Program

Boise State offers two academic certificate programs for people interested in improving their ability to effectively manage conflict with others.

  • The undergraduate 12-credit Dispute Resolution Certificate Program focuses on developing knowledge and skills in mediation and interpersonal conflict management.*
  • The graduate-level 12-credit Conflict Management Certificate Program focuses on developing knowledge and skills in interpersonal conflict management, group and intercultural conflict management, negotiation, and mediation.

Both Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management are certificate programs. That is, students who have both completed a program and earned a college degree receive a certificate of completion from Boise State University. Additionally, Boise State lists completed certificate programs on University transcripts.

Faculty in both programs have professional experience as both university teachers and conflict management practitioners. Almost all have earned Certified Professional Mediator status through the Idaho Mediation Association.

*Note: Students who have earned an associate’s degree may take the Dispute Resolution Certificate Program by itself. For students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, the Certificate Program is taken concurrently and the Certificate is awarded after students’ complete their degree.

***NOTE*** Dispute Resolution Certificate Curriculum Change

Students may now earn a Dispute Resolution Certificate (a 12-credit undergraduate program) without completing an internship. This option—called the Life Skills Focus—allows students to replace the Internship and Competency exam (3 credits total) with either of the following:

—  DISPUT 401 Negotiation (3 credits)

—  DISPUT 402 Culture and Conflict (3 credits)

Both the newly-approved Life Skills Focus and the original curriculum, the Mediation Focus, integrate skill development in conflict management, negotiation and mediation with relevant theory and research. Both focus areas have 9 credits in common:

—  DISPUT (COMM/SOC) 390 Conflict Management (3 credits)

—  DISPUT 400 Basic Mediation Skills (3 credits)

—  Three credits selected from a variety of DISPUT 494 workshops that provide training in specialized areas of conflict management and mediation

The new Life Skills Focus is intended to help those students who want to earn a Dispute Resolution Certificate, but cannot take time from work to complete the field internship—which most often occurs during weekdays in civil mediation programs provided at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise.

For more information please contact Dr. Bayard Gregory,via email at or phone at 208-426-2513.

This is Boise State

Boise State is Idaho’s metropolitan research university, located in the state’s population center and capital city. Boise is an ideal place to live – the hub of government, business, the arts, recreation, health care, industry and technology. The campus is home of 11 Idaho Professor of the Year honorees since 1990 and the 2011 national champion student debate and speech team. Boise State is the largest university in Idaho with 22,678 students.

The university offers studies in nearly 200 fields of interest. Undergraduate, graduate and technical programs are available in seven colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences and Public Affairs. Students can also study abroad, participate in one of the largest internship programs in the Northwest, and work with professors on health-related research to fight cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease, among others.

Campus life offers adventure and activity. More than 200 student organizations, new residence halls along the Boise River Greenbelt and a state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center provide opportunities for both individual development and fun. More than one million visitors come to campus annually for Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning speakers, Bronco football, Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Celebration and other events.

About the University

Boise State University is a public, metropolitan research university offering an array of undergraduate and graduate degrees and experiences that foster student success, lifelong learning, community engagement, innov

ation and creativity. Research and creative activity advance new knowledge and benefit students, the community, state and nation.Boise State aspires to be a research university known for

the finest undergraduate education in the region, and outstanding research and graduate programs. With its exceptional faculty, staff and student body, and its location in the heart of a thriving metropolitan area, the university is an engine that drives the Idaho economy, providing significant return on public investment.

With an enrollment of 22,678 students, Boise State is a progressive learning-oriented, student focused university dedicated to excellence in teaching, innovative research, leadership development and community service. Students are benefiting from a renewed emphasis on the undergraduate experience and reaching graduation day better prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.

Boise’s University

In its 81st year, Boise State University is truly coming of age in higher education. Our faculty, students, alumni and staff have put Boise State on the map with their breakthrough research and record of achievement. We are stretching beyond our regional roots and extending our academic and athletic influence to a national level.

But more importantly, we are deepening our partnerships and relationships close to home, where we serve as an urban university dedicated to the research and student experiences that drive economic development and contribute to a vibrant and healthy community. We are proud to be Boise’s university.

Boise State University is a partner in Boise 150 and is joining its city in celebrating this milestone. Our faculty are leading a number of activities – from “Thinking 150” events held in February to upcoming “Sesqui-Speaks” lectures on topics ranging from immigration to the environment. Boise State and The Story Initiative also are partners in Read Me Treasure Valley, which focuses on the city’s sesquicentennial.

To find out more about Boise 150, including upcoming events, projects and background, please visit

Read more about Boise State

About Boise

In its 81st year, Boise State University is truly coming of age in higher education. Our faculty, students, alumni and staff have put Boise State on the map with their breakthrough research and record of achievement. We are stretching beyond our regional roots and extending our academic and athletic influence to a national level.

But more importantly, we are deepening our partnerships and relationships close to home, where we serve as an urban university dedicated to the research and student experiences that drive economic development and contribute to a vibrant and healthy community. We are proud to be Boise’s university.

Boise rises spectacularly from a lush, green valley as the City of Trees, surrounded by an outdoor playground of mountainous high desert. Nationally recognized for its safety, quality of life, outdoor recreation and beautiful sunny climate, Boise is many things to many people. It’s a big city but offers small-town warmth. It’s fast paced but also laid back. It’s sophisticated but friendly, too.

Boise is one of the most livable cities in the country with highly touted attributes

One of the “Healthiest Cities” (Women’s Health/Men’s Health)
One of the “Top 10 Places to Live” (Relocate America)
One of the “Best Places to Live 2011″ (Triathlete)
One of the “Best Cities for Raising a Family” (Forbes)
One of the “Best Places to Retire” (CNN Money)
The bridges that span the Boise River connect the university and the city in a mere 10-minute walk from the Quad to downtown. Located in the business, governmental and cultural center of Idaho, Boise State is a critical part of the region’s knowledge economy, culture and diversity. Together, Boise and Boise State make a great place to live, learn and work.

Read more about Boise and Beyond

David Solan was the keynote speaker

David Solan, Energy Policy Institute Director and Public Policy and Administration faculty member, was the keynote speaker at the annual awards ceremony for the American Society of Civil Engineers, Idaho Chapter. He spoke about rapid changes in how energy is being consumed and produced in the U.S.

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Summer Travel Opportunity – Dominican Republic

Solidarity Immersion in Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic!

Monday August 5th – Sunday August 18th  

Schedule available at
Email for more information

Join student organizers from United Students Against Sweatshops and leaders in the movement for social justice across the Dominican Republic for an unforgettable close-up look at how our global economy and fight for change is woven together!

We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly …before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world. This is the way our universe is structured. This is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on Earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 


What we do:

• Listen and learn directly from the personal stories of organizers at the forefront of the fight for social justice on the ground in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

• Share skills with rad student organizers from around the country who have won campaigns – lots of hands-on workshops, role plays, games, discussions, and campaign planning that will jump-start your organizing into the new semester.

• Have a whole lot of pure, simple, fun, with an amazing community of organizers in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Enjoy the fantastic music and dance scene, the natural beauty, hike, hang out with local families.


● Meet the inspiring leaders of Alta Gracia, the first ever living-wage union-made factory producing college logo apparel. This article in The Nation and this fun video made by United Students Against Sweatshops share the history, or check out this short documentary film.  Come see for yourself how more than a decade of student worker solidarity continues to transform the Free Trade Zone and community of Villa Altagracia.
● Meet workers from Haiti and the Dominican Republic fighting back for their rights on the frontlines of the campaign to hold adidas accountable – more here.

● Gain a first-hand understanding of the bigger picture of human rights in the global economy through direct testimony from organizers in the factories and fields, from garment-industry to Call Centers to agriculture.
● Meet students from all over, feed your creativity, fine-tune your organizing skills and have time to develop your game plans in an inspiring new setting. Build alliances with a network of amazing students from campuses across the country who are fighting for change, just like you!

● Immerse yourself in the local culture with home-stays and hang-out time with families in Villa Altagracia.

● Beaches! Rainforest Rivers! Hikes in the hills of Villa Altagracia! Learn to appreciate Dominican music and dance – Bachata, Merengue, Dembow – with union leaders! Bilingual Karaoke! Cheesy games! Learn to cook delicious Dominican food! Art! Action!

● Stay connected! Plug in to networks that will drive this movement forward when you get home. Whether sharing ideas and advice to help each other out on calls post-trip or meeting up at regional USAS conferences, we stay involved in the labor justice movement post-trip!

COST: $875 for all in-country necessities. Includes food, housing, transport, interpretation, supplies. Does not include airfare, souvenirs, airport entry fee ($10), mandatory basic travel insurance through ISIC card ($22), vaccinations ($50 – $100) and personal entertainment.

NO MONEY? NO PROBLEM! FREE FUNDRAISING WORKSHOPS. We pre-game the trips with lots of skillshares via Google hangouts of how you can raise the money to get you there, even if this would normally be beyond your means. The vast majority of students who have attended Solidarity Immersions have raised their program fees without paying a dime of their personal-money,whetherthrough academic department money (sometimes triple-whammying: funding, credit, and trip), donations from unions and local businesses, letter writing to family and friends, benefit parties, work-trades and other fundraising tactics that we’ll share with each other. We’ll help you get there!

NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE.  Working class perspectives are a huge asset to our trip! We can work together to make this happen. If you’re committed to the cause, where there’s a will there’s a way.  Just apply and we will work together from there.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST PAY A NON-REFUNDABLE $250 deposit by July 4th. If you’re a waffler or a flake, that’s a dealbreaker. But if you’re serious, just learned about this yesterday, and really want to go, talk to us. We’re in the business of movement building – not rule or money making. We know students get our best work done last minute – the deadline to join the trip is somewhat flexible if you mean business, so call us.

For more information email
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Watch a short video about solidarity ignite here.

MPA Alumni in the Eye on Boise spotlight

State parking garage P&Z exemption bill up for hearing in House State Affairs

Jeff Youtz, director of legislative services (and MPA alumni from Boise State University), is presenting SB 1192a, exempting a state parking garage project near the Capitol from Boise city planning and zoning requirements, to the House State Affairs Committee.

Quoted from: The Spokesman-Review Eye On Boise

Emeritus Dr. Janet Mills featured at the Emeritus Guild Fabric Art Show

The Emeritus Guild presented the Emeritus Guild Fabric Art Show on April 4, featuring work of retired faculty and staff from Boise State, including our very own emeritus faculty, Dr. Janet Mills.

All of the artists are members of the Emeritus Guild, an organization that honors those who retire with distinction, and their spouses. Two floors of fabric art were on display, including quilts, art quilts, weavings, fabric collages, cyanotype prints, tatting, crochet, cross stitch and embroidery work.

Some of the artists found their passion only after retirement. They include Jackie Fuller, former administrative assistant and featured quilter at the 2012 Boise Basin Quilt Show. One class in quilting sparked enough interest that she has created more than 150 quilts thus far. Likewise, former professor of public policy and administration Janet Mills began creating fabric collages and art quilts only after her retirement.

Original source: Boise State University Update Your source for campus news

Counties’ Personal Property Tax Bill On Fast Track?

It’s a sign the bill has House Speaker Scott Bedke’s support, according to Boise State University emeritus professor and political analyst Jim Weatherby.  Read more: StateImpact Idaho

Tribal, School Partnerships Key to Native American Student Success

“Building relationships between tribal communities and local school districts is a key step needed to improve Native American student success, according to research by Thaddieus “Tad” Conner, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration.”

Quoted from the UPDATE: Your Source for Campus News.