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Sat, Aug 04, 2012

Higher Ed ADR Sessions at ACR 2012 in New Orleans

The annual conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution will be held September 12-15 this year in New Orleans. The conference program includes a nice selection of sessions related to conflict resolution work and pedagogy within higher education. Some specific sessions examples are provided below.

Two programs of note for student conduct and conflict management professionals will be offered by colleagues Nancy Geist Giacomini (private mediator, educator); Tim Hicks (director, Master's Degree Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution, University of Oregon), Bill Warters (faculty, M.A. in Dispute Resolution Program, Wayne State University), Jay Wilgus (director, Office of Student Conflict Resolution, University of Michigan); and Kaaren Williamsen (founding director, Gender and Sexuality Center, Carleton College).

But Wonâ??t I Get Sued? Campus Student Conduct Practices That Integrate Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution to Manage Student Sexual Violence and Harassment
This session will explore the challenges and opportunities of responding to student sexual violence and harassment on campus, in the wake of 2011 guidance from the Office for Civil Rights regarding Title IX and sexual misconduct. Presenters will provide counter narratives to a dominant risk management perspective and invite inclusive dialogue regarding the integration of restorative justice and conflict resolution practices in multi-option approaches to the most serious incidents of student misconduct.
September 12, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. pre-conference.

Higher Educationâ??s Growing Divide: Connecting Values, Principles and Practices in the Evolution of â??Student Judicial Affairsâ? to â??Student Conduct and Conflict Managementâ?
Join H.E. thought leaders to take stock of the status of student conduct practice and consider the significance of supporting campus communities in a shift towards student conduct practices that integrate conflict resolution, restorative and social justice. - September 14, 9:00 a.m. concurrent session.

Giacomini, Warters and Wilgus will be on hand in the Exhibitorâ??s Area Thursday September 13th at 1:30 to sign copies of their collaborative publication Reframing Campus Conflict: Student Conduct Practice through a Social Justice Lens (Stylus 2009).

For a broad field view, consider the Thursday, Sept 13 session entitled Conflict Resolution Higher Education: The State of the Field presented by Tamra Pearson d'Estree, Denver, Colorado, Brian Polkinghorn, Salisbury, Maryland and Mary Hope Schwoebel, Washington, DC. Session Description: The number of colleges and universities offering conflict resolution-related degrees and certificate programs has grown rapidly. This workshop explores the state of the field of higher education in conflict resolution. The speakers will review the history of the fieldâ??s development, the curricular content of undergraduate degree programs in the United States and Canada, and current programmatic developments and curricular trends in both the English speaking world and in Latin America. Also examined will be trends in establishing Peace and Conflict programs in war-torn countries. Finally, this review will be connected to ACRâ??s initiative to develop model guidelines for higher education programs, and how the challenges of defining and mapping the field have impacted the attempt to develop model guidelines for programs in this field.

On Friday morning, a teaching-focused session entitled Service Learning as a Reflective Practice Model: Cultivating Ethical Connections in Communities Engaged in Conflict will be offered by Gina Cerasani, Fairfax, Virginia and Lori-Ann Stephensen of Oakton, Virginia. Program Description: The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution's Undergraduate Experiential Learning Project (UELP) is developing pedagogy for Service Learning Intensives (currently in Liberia, Colombia, and West Virginia) as a way of engaging students in a practice of conflict resolution while developing a reciprocal relationship with partner organizations in a community. The presentation will draw examples from Service Learning Intensives (SLIs), and will focus on the ways in which facilitators help students develop a reflective practice, as well as the development, benefits and challenges of this model.

Just following the conference on Saturday the 15th there will be a half-day networking and information sharing event for faculty and staff associated with graduate programs in conflict studies, peace studies and conflict management/ADR held at Tulane University Law School.

This is only a subset of conference happenings that may interest higher education pracademics exploring conflict in the academy. If you attend the conference, be sure to say hello and introduce yourself.

Bill Warters

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2012 08 04 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Learning Objects  

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