Institute for Conflict Studies at Cardinal Stritch University

The Institute for Conflict Studies is designed as an interdisciplinary forum for people engaged in a wide range of professions to enhance their understanding of conflict.  Participants learn about processes such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and public policy consensus building to help them identify, prevent, manage, and resolve conflicts in their everyday work and community lives.


To educate participants on how to identify, prevent, manage, and resolve conflict


To understand that conflict is a necessary part of collaboration

Core Values

Tolerance, Openness, Participation, Collaboration


Are you ready to take the next step in your leadership capability and lead change for your company or organization? This certificate program has been designed to accommodate busy professional and personal schedules. Participants will complete four three-hour in person sessions, in addition to online discussions.


Course Topics:

  • Leading Through Change
  • Shaping Culture
  • Transformational Leadership and Vision
  • Alignment

Who should attend:

Profit, not-for-profit, government sector leaders who:

  • are committed to building high performing, engaged teams, and/or
  • are leading significant organizational change

Fee: $995

About the program:

  • 12 credit graduate certificate (credit-bearing)
  • Comprised of four three-credit courses
  • Structured as a once a week three hour seminar with one hour online
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • Designed for leaders and managers in business, healthcare, education, nonprofits, and government

The certificate will begin with a foundation course, 'Dispute Resolution: Negotiation and Mediation'. This is a three-credit course which will meet once a week for six weeks for three hours; there will be an additional one-hour of online coursework. This course will be followed by the course, 'Managing Conflict in the Workplace'. Learn more about this program.

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The Importance of Conflict Studies

Read Executive Director Eva Soeka's guest essay in our 2018 Summer edition of the Stritch Magazine: Discovering collaboration, creativity, innovation and understanding through conflict.

Retired Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice and Institute for Conflict Studies instructor Janine P. Geske, J.D., discusses the importance of conflict studies and conflict resolution.


Howard Bellman

Mediator, Arbitrator, and former Secretary of the Department of Industry, Labor, and Human Relations



Danielle Carne

Carne Dispute Resolution



Janine P. Geske

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice



Laila V. Hick

Northwestern Mutual, Vice President, Transformation



Eva M. Soeka

Executive Director, Institute for Conflict Studies and former Director of Marquette University's Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution



Lyle N. Maryniak, M.S., CLF

Adjunct Professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering



Mark J. Gmach CLU, ChFC, MSFS, CRCP

Adjunct Professor at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and The American College