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Frostburg’s Sustaining Campus and Community Dialogue Series Continues, With Focus on Strengthening Campus and Community Partnerships
01/15/2014

The Frostburg Sustaining Campus and Community Dialogue Series will continue this spring with a focus on formalizing a commitment to support campus and community partnerships. The series aims to strengthen community relationships and foster civility and collaborative problem-solving in Frostburg.

Active dialogue participants will be invited to an initial session on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to discuss “Organizing the Campus and Community Partnership: Creating a Formal Agreement to Sustain Our Work Together.” Dialogue sessions that follow will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lyric Theater at 20 E. Main St. in Frostburg on Monday, Feb. 24; Thursday, March 27; and Tuesday, April 29, with themes including “Living With Each Other: A Discussion of Off-Campus Housing Solutions,” “Building the ’Burg: Inviting FSU Students to Join and Grow the Local Community” and “Respecting Each Other: A Dialogue About Cross-Racial Relationships.” The sessions are open to anyone in the Frostburg community interested in discussing the topics.

Supported by Frostburg State University, the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office and Mountainside Community Mediation Center since spring 2012, the dialogue sessions convene students, year-round residents, local officials and University leaders to discuss issues and create new opportunities for collaborative problem-solving and coalition-building in Frostburg. In this second year of the series, community members are working toward tangible solutions for deeper level, sensitive and structurally challenging town-and-gown tensions that bring about safe, secure living conditions and civil relationships between long- and short-term residents in the college town.

Nationally recognized conflict resolution scholar-practitioners Dr. Frank Dukes, lecturer and director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia, and Dr. Marvin Johnson, founder and executive director of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, will continue to help facilitate the sessions, along with project manager Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski, chair of FSU’s Department of Communication Studies. Details and documentary segments about the project are available at www.frostburg.edu/dept/cmst/dialogue-series. Those interested in being part of this community-building effort should contact Ruminski at elruminski@frostburg.edu or 301-687-4480.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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