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Frank Dukes

Director, Institute for Environmental Negotiation, University of Virginia

Frank Dukes, Ph.D. is a mediator and facilitator who directed the Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN) at the University of Virginia (UVa) from 2000 to 2015 before stepping down to concentrate on his applied work. He has convened and facilitated numerous collaborative change processes, including recently completed discussions involving communities affected by the 2014 Duke Energy coal ash release, ongoing work with Appalachian communities undergoing transition in the coalfields, an assessment of stakeholder experiences of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, and building consensus for how the University of Virginia may best respond to sexual violence. He also is founder of the University & Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE), which addresses the university’s legacy of slavery, segregation and its impact on the wider community. He was awarded the 2016 John C. Casteen III Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Award for the University of Virginia, and the 2012 Sharon M. Pickett Award for Environmental Conflict Resolution, presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution.