Peace and Conflict Studies

West Chester University

Dr. Dean Johnson, Coordinator
Anderson Hall, Room 332A
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

The Help Increase the Peace Project West Chester University:

Who We Are
We are a group of students here at West Chester University that have received Conflict resolution certification through the Help Increase the Peace Project. This program was developed by the Quakers and is a spinoff of a program originally developed for the prison systems. HIPP is structured in a way that builds community first and maintains community by playing games that are geared towards teamwork and listening skills. This is how we manage to talk about difficult issues and develop the skills necessary to deal with them.

Many individuals consider it a structured discussion on diversity. The format is structured in a way that we get to discuss things such as race, sexuality, etc. in a way that keeps everyone comfortable and open minded. Conflict Resolution skills are covered by the facilitators but in reality, the group learns from each other.
What We Do
We each have our own goal and focus that we use HIP as a foundation for. However, we also work to use HIP within our campus Community. Known as the WCU Experience, we strive to discuss improve diversity relations on campus.


HIP originated as a spinoff of another program known as the Alternatives to Violence Program. The Alternatives to Violence Program, or AVP, was developed and used in the prison systems. The Help Increase the Peace Project was developed by the American Friends Service Committee in 1991. HIP was developed as a non-violent conflict resolution workshop for juveniles, but can be adapted for older age audiences as well.

At West Chester University

In fall of 2011, the Help Increase the Peace project was brought to WCU's campus by a former alumna in collaboration with WCU's Peace and Conflict Studies. Dr. Joan Woolfrey, the P&C Studies Coordinator has since overseen and facilitated many workshops.
In turn, students have been trained as facilitators, refining their leadership skills and style. The next step for WCU's student facilitators is to build an organization under WCU's Student Affairs Council.

Attend a Workshop

We work to stay active off and on campus. We typically hold one "Basic" workshop in the fall semester and an "Advanced" Workshop in the spring. These workshops start Friday evening, run all day Saturday and end on Sunday afternoon. Cost is $10 which covers Saturday’s Lunch. Contact us for more info! For More Information: