Professional Development & Events 

Conflict Resolution Skills Training:
Spring Semester Dates: March 21-22, 2014
Please contact the GIRC to register at 216-987-2582 or  

This 2-day skills training will cover the 4 main components of conflict resolution – understanding conflict, understanding how emotions influence conflict, effective communication skills, and problem solving.  Participants will have opportunities to not only learn these skills for managing conflict effectively, but practice them using college specific scenarios.

Topics covered include:
1. Collaborative group decision making
2. Developing consensus
3. Negotiation practice and
4. General skills for preventing, reducing, and managing conflict as it arises in our daily lives. 

Time: Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm & Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm
Who should participate:  Students, Faculty, Staff, Administrators, and Community Members
Facilitators:  Ty Olson, M.A. Program Coordinator, Global Issues Resource Collabortive, and Erika Jefferson, Adjunct, Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies

Basic Mediation Skills Training: 
Spring Semester Dates: April 4-5, 2014
Please contact the GIRC to register at 216-987-2582 or

This interactive 2-day training will introduce participants to the core concepts of mediation, it will:

  • apply the conflict resolution skills covered in the previous training
  • introduce a co-mediation model
  • present ways to help disputants resolve a wide range of interpersonal conflicts, with a focus on conflicts that are common in educational settings (Universities, Community Colleges and K-12 institutions)
  • familiarize participants with criteria for determining if mediation is appropriate, effective preparation for mediation (for mediators and disputants)
  • explore mediator confidentiality and ethics, engaging and managing disputants’ emotions, drafting agreements, and strategies for following up

Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (both days)
Who should participate: Students, Faculty, Staff, Administrators, Local Educators and Community Members
Trainer: Theresa Repicky, Ph.D. Faculty, Kent State University, Center for Applied Conflict Management

Past Events:

Can We Say Goodbye to War? A Critical Conversation
Presented by Tri-C Global Issues Resource Collaborative, in partnership with the Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University and the Tri-C Peace Alliance

Held on Friday, Jan. 31 at Tri-C’s Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills
12:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts building, room 122. It is open to the public.

Three leading national subject experts will lead the 90-minute conversation about how the United States government and the public can work together to change the current approach to war and peacekeeping. Speakers:

  • Bridget Moix, a PhD candidate with George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution where she is a Research Fellow with the Genocide Prevention Program and published author and thought leader in war prevention and social justice;
  • John Mueller, a Woody Hayes chair of National Security Studies, Mershon Center at The Ohio State University, political scientist in the field of international relations, and leading thinker in the End of War theory;
  • Michael Shank, Ph.D., director of Foreign Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, DC, adjunct professor and board member at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, writer for a variety of national and international news publications, and on-air analyst for several broadcasting companies.

For more information, contact Tyler G. Olson at 216-987-2582 or

**In addition to the event being held at Tri-C Eastern Campus on January 31, a similar symposium entitled “The New Realities—War, Policy, Active Prevention” will be presented at Ashland University on Thursday, January 30 with John Mueller, Bridget Moix and Michael Shank on foreign policy, security, and conflict resolution. The event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ridenour Room, Dauch College of Business, Ashland University. The event is also free and the public is invited to attend.

How to reach us

4250 Richmond Road
Education Center Bldg.
Room 115
Highland Hills, OH  44122

Questions or for more information, please contact Tyler Olson at 216-987-2582 or

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