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Bartos Institute for Constructive Engagement of Conflict

The Bartos Institute for Constructive Engagement of Conflict (CEC) was founded in 2001, thanks to a generous gift from the Bartos family. The Institute's initiatives aim to equip young people with theoretical and practical lenses with which to constructively engage with personal, interpersonal, and community level conflicts.

CEC puts its core principles to work in a variety of ways:

Facilitator Trainings

Young people are empowered with the skills, practice, and frameworks quintessential to enlightened facilitation.

Community Organizing & Service

Students are exposed to some of the foundational ideas of community organizing and given the opportunity to practice outreach and advocacy in local community settings.

Intergenerational & Peer Mentoring

Young people are introduced to the importance of mentoring and the various ways to be an effective mentor and a successful mentee.


Students plan and execute conferences on subjects such as dialogue and activism, integrating public intellectuals from the wider world, student speakers, and community members.

Track Two Diplomacy

Students are empowered to think of themselves as citizen diplomats, learning from adult practitioners and seeking common ground with those from conflicting countries.

Media Projects

Students create their own stories in a variety of genres, thereby developing important skills, including media literacy and awareness of the media justice movement.

Residential Life

Facilitation skills and frameworks on restorative justice and dialogue are put to good use in the residence halls, where young peoples differences often surface and serve as learning opportunities.


Students study a variety of materials on reflective practice, dialogue, and facilitation skills; ideas are then integrated into leadership training on human rights, sustainability, and other related subjects. 


Peer-led small group experiences allow young people’s stories and struggles to surface and create support for the academic year ahead.

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UWC-USA is one of 16 UWCs on five continents. Other countries that have UWCs include Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, and Wales.


UWC-USA students perform more than 18,700 hours of service every year through our association with 25 community partners. More than 2,500 people in Las Vegas, N.M. and the surrounding community have benefited from service projects led by UWC-USA students.


UWC-USA has 228 students representing more than 70 countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Eleven students come from countries identified as conflict regions. Representation within our student body includes: Africa 10%, Asia 28%, Europe 29%, North America 23%, South America 10%.


Students don’t apply directly to the school; they are selected by committees in their home countries based on academic achievement, leadership, and curiosity about and involvement with global events and cultures.


Philanthropist Shelby Davis has created a $40 million endowment that provides 50 U.S. students with full scholarships to attend a UWC every year.


Our more than 3,357 UWC-USA alumni are spread across the globe: North America 26%, Latin America and Caribbean 16%, Africa 10%, Middle East 6%, Asia 14%, Europe 21%, Pacific 2%


UWC-USA offers the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Students can choose from IB classes in 28 subjects – a remarkable number given the size of the school.

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