CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium

Contact Us

Maria Volpe, Director  

CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium
John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, Suite 520
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (212) 237-8692
Fax: (212) 237-8646


Since 1993, John Jay College has housed the City University of New York Dispute Resolution Consortium (CUNY DRC), a university based academic center which serves as a comprehensive coordinating mechanism to advance research and innovative program development throughout City University as well as the New York City metropolitan area. As part of its ongoing operations, the CUNY DRC organizes conferences and training programs, provides technical assistance, conducts research, hosts visitors from around the world, produces research working papers, publishes a biannual newsletter, and maintains a listserv and an extensive database of those interested in dispute resolution in New York City. Of particular note is the CUNY DRC's initiative called Make Talk Work which includes training workshops, special projects, and monthly city-wide meetings for scholars and practitioners in dispute resolution.

The CUNY DRC has amassed an outstanding track record in addressing all kinds of difficult issues using a variety of innovative formats including dialogues, town meetings, mediation, and related informal dispute resolution processes. It has specialized in fostering constructive inter-group relations including dialogues between cops and kids and among culturally diverse groups. The CUNY DRC was established with funding provided by the City University of New York and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In addition to the former, the CUNY DRC's innovative activities are supported by grants from a wide range of foundations and government sources.