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Dylan Bates

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A little bit about myself. I'm currently a contractor in administration/program management for government and non-profit agencies. I just graduated from George Mason University with a major in Conflict Analysis & Resolution. I was born in Los Angeles, California although I've spent most of my life in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I moved to Northern Virginia after high school in 2010 with nothing more than my car and a bit of money in my bank account. It's been a great last few years and it's only getting better. My passion is in conflict resolution. My work to date has been research involving social justice, education, violent international conflicts, and structural violence. My interest in the field stems from wanting to have a positive impact on the people in the world and the fascination of conflict resolution being a gray area. It is a combination of social sciences with a practical focus.

My ideal job is in program/project management. I love this because it is a means to an end of inspiring change, dialogue, and knowledge. I look to advance my career in ways that would be gathering information and analyzing conflict situations. Getting involved in on-the-ground peace-building work. Building programs and implementing them. Definitely as much travel as I can get.

I'm always interested in taking up new hobbies. In high school I would compete in classical guitar. The last few years I've taken up marathon running. I also like to swim, go to the gym, practice Krav Maga, and rock climb. I used to be a vegetarian for 7 years. I love to read, some of my favorite authors are Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, and just about any political theory book. I spend a lot of time watching movies and documentaries. Al-Jazeera, TIME, and Vice News are a few of my favorite sources.

Some of the organizations I've been involved in are Agora, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, S-CAR(The School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution), CRDC (Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution), Dialogue and Difference, and the Newseum.

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