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Conflict Management in Higher Ed Report
Volume 4, Number 1, Oct. 2003

Residence Life Tips and Tricks

One of the most common problems first year students report is learning to share a room or a house with a roommate or group of roommates. And roommate conflicts are not just limited to first year student - roommate conflicts are one of the largest types of conflicts handled by mediation centers at colleges and universities. Two new tools that can help roommates overcome their conflicts is a set of tools called "Roommate Connections" and "Living in Community" from

"Roommate Connections" is designed to help students living in a traditional residence hall get along with a roommate and in sharing living space. It is designed to help roommates and others in the residence hall build strong connections and iron out roommate conflicts before they happen. The publication is an 8 page high color glossary publication.

There is also a Roommate Connections Facilitator's Guide which can be used in training residence hall staff. It includes activities, agendas, and case studies. Topics covered include what to do when others get involved, informal roommate connecting practices, and how to identify early signs of conflict.

"Living in Community" is geared toward students living in apartments, suites, family or graduate housing. It gives ideas for successful apartment living along with ideas for engaging in community, settling neighbor disputes, reminders about available support and the benefits of being involved.

For pricing and further information call at 1-866-295-0505 or visit their web site.


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