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New Book - Reframing Campus Conflict: Student Conduct Practice Through a Social Justice Lens

I was excited to receive my copy of a new edited volume that explores conflict resolution on college campuses using a spectrum model of intervention tools. The book is titled Reframing Campus Conflict: Student Conduct Practice Through a Social Justice Lens and is edited by Jennifer Meyer Schrage and Nancy Geist Giacomini from the Association of Student Conduct Administration. The volume is comprised of 17 chapters written by a diverse and experienced group of higher education practitioners. I’ve got a chapter (Chap 8) in it explaining the predominant models of mediation (Problem-Solving, Transformative, Narrative, Social Justice, and Insight models). The book as a whole represents a significant shift that is occurring within student judicial affairs practice, away from the creeping legalism that was predominant and toward a more integrative approach that includes restorative practices and an awareness of social justice issues. Another indicator of this shift is the recent change in name of the Association of Student Judicial Affairs to the Association of Student Conduct Administration.

The volume is divided into three parts. Part I provides a framework for transforming student conduct administration using conflict resolution methods and social and restorative justice practices. Part II, devotes a chapter to explaining each of the seven x93Spectrum Model Pathwaysx94 to conflict resolution that form the core of this book: Dialogue, Conflict Coaching, Facilitated Dialogue, Mediation, Restorative Justice Practices, Shuttle Diplomacy, and traditional formal student conduct processes informed by social justice theory. Part III provides practical application tools for the ideas presented in the text, including discussion of change management and assessment, and concludes with an overview of programs from across the country using inclusive conflict resolution methods in student conduct work.

You can hear an interview with the editors on Patti Porter’s Texas Conflict Coach program. Folks working in the campus mediation field should definitely take a look at this volume to stay in touch with some of the important trends in practice and thinking.

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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 10 27 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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