Institute for Engagement & Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions


IEN is a nationally recognized leader in fostering collaborative change across a broad range of environmental, social, and economic issues. IEN is a public service organization of the University of Virginia, with a team of facilitators and mediators that assists organizations, agencies, industry, and communities in making bold, sustainable decisions. Our work spans four areas: sustainable environment; resilient communities; health, food and social equity; and building capacity through training and leadership.

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In January, 2019 work began on the University of Virginia's Memorial to Enslaved Laborers (MEL). We are proud that IEN's Frank Dukes was part of the design team for this momentous project. Learn more here