April 8, 2014
Gift establishes Jubitz Peacemaker Fellowship Award Fund
The University of Oregon has established the Jubitz Peacemaker Fellowship Award Fund through a generous gift of $500,000 from Mr. Al Jubitz. The fund provides support for graduate students enrolled in the Master's Degree Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES), which is housed at the School of Law. The fellowship awards will help students with tuition or assist students with educational and research expenses associated with the student's education. Particular attention will be paid to international students seeking to study in the CRES program and domestic students in the CRES program who wish to intern overseas.
"Many conflict resolution professions are relatively new," notes Faculty Director Jen Reynolds. "It takes vision to champion and pursue alternative approaches to disputes. Generous awards like the Jubitz Peacemaker Fellowship Award Fund support our students in this courageous, difficult work."
Jubitz supports peacemaking activities with an emphasis on teaching peace and conflict resolution. "Al Jubitz has dedicated his life to promoting peace and the non-violent resolution of disputes,” said Tim Hicks, director of the CRES Program. “His generous gift expresses his belief in our program and the education it provides. His partnership inspires and encourages our work and will change lives."
The dispute resolution approaches taught through CRES are being applied in corporate and organizational settings, in public policy decision-making, in many sectors of legal practice including tort, contract, employment, family, and environmental law, in international humanitarian and relief work, in community disputes and decision-making, and within the courts.
The value of conflict management expertise and experience is increasingly being recognized in government, business, and the non-profit sectors. The endowment will strengthen the CRES students’ learning and academic pursuits and assist in putting into practice the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom.