Frostburg State University and the Allegany Conflict Resolution Center will celebrate National Conflict Resolution Day on Thursday, Oct. 21, with a presentation at 6 p.m. in the Leake Room at the Cordts PE Center on FSU’s campus. The event is free and open to the public. The program is part of a Leadership Workshop Series at FSU.
The presentations will celebrate National Conflict Resolution Day by bringing the campus and local community together to learn about “The Value of Conflict.” Students from Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski’s Conflict Management class are organizing, promoting and presenting the event in collaboration with ACRC. The students will provide an interactive overview of what conflict is, why it is valuable to face it rather than avoid it and basic strategies for managing conflict. A proclamation designating “Conflict Resolution Day” in the City of Frostburg will be read.
Ruminski, chair and assistant professor of Communication Studies and co-coordinator of Leadership Studies at FSU, serves as the president of the board of directors for ACRC. Along with nearly 20 other community mediation centers in Maryland, ACRC provides free and low-cost conflict resolution services, including mediation of family, neighborhood and business conflicts, as well as training and education about conflict resolution. The centers are all members of the statewide organization, Community Mediation Maryland.
Community mediation has been found to be successful at resolving conflicts and improving relationships. All parties involved in the dispute must agree to mediation but do not relinquish any legal rights. If an agreement is not reached, they can still go to court. The mediation sessions last about two hours and can be scheduled during non-work hours and held in the neighborhood where the dispute occurs. Participants are empowered to solve problems and learn new communication and decision-making skills. Community mediation saves public resources by decreasing repeat calls for service to the police department and decreasing the use of criminal and civil courts. A Basic Mediation Training is tentatively planned for spring. The center is recruiting participants for the unique 50-hour training program.
For more information on the event or about volunteering with ACRC, contact Ruminski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-687-4480. For more information about using community mediation, contact ACRC at 240-727-0408 or ConflictResolutionCenter@allconet.org. More information is also available at www.alleganymediation.org.
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