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Online 2021 Summer Session A Course: Communication and Conflict in Public Affairs: Bridge Divides, Rebuild Community

PUBLIC AFFAIRS 175  - Communication and Conflict in Public Affairs

Our seeming inability and increasing unwillingness to communicate across differences harms our society and imperils democracy itself. This course prepares students living in a diverse society for a successful working relationship with collaborators, policymakers, and the public.

Learn to bridge divides and rebuild community through constructive interpersonal communication, public dialogue, alternative dispute resolution, cultural competency, and mindful community development.

 This interactive course is taught live via zoom and open to both undergraduate and graduate students as well as to community leaders and professionals. 

  • Fulfills UCLA's Diversity Requirement
  • Satisfies an Upper Division elective for the Public Affairs Major


Alexandra Lieben is the Deputy Director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and Lecturer in the Undergraduate Program in Public Affairs at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. A certified mediator, she teaches constructive communication, alternative dispute resolution, public dialogue, cultural competency, international conflict resolution, and community and economic development to undergraduate and graduate students at UCLA. In addition to her role at the Burkle Center, Alexandra Lieben has also served as a faculty advisor on social impact projects for UCLA Anderson’s Applied Management Research Program.

For the past eight years, she has taught seminars in crisis prevention, crisis de-escalation, constructive communication, multi-stakeholder conflict resolution, community development, and cultural competency for executives and managers of public safety and public sector agencies, from law enforcement to fire, EMS, public health, as well as non-profits, local, state, and federal agencies.


2021 Summer Session A: June 21 - July 30, 2021

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00AM to 11:50AM PT

Taught live via zoom



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