By Trent Hale*
Agon, “a contest in which prizes were awarded in any of a number of events, as athletics, drama, music, poetry, and painting” is the Greek word for conflict, and has quite a different meaning than American conceptualization of conflict. When asked “What does conflict look like,” many American individuals may use words like “negative,” “drama,” “sad,” “winners & losers,” “cost of a relationship,” “avoid” “fear,” and so on.
In honor of Conflict Resolution Week 2014, Student Legal & Mediation Services would like display a different side of conflict – a side that is described with words such as “opportunity” “normal,” and “there’s a solution.” We have many presentations lined up for the week of October 13-17, 2014. We have guest speakers who are experts in their fields, and they are here to prepare you for future conflicts that may arise. These presentations will help you identify, address, and solve conflict effectively. Here at www.bearkatlaw.com you’ll also find a new blog each day from October 9th to October 15th that will feature topics which will be discussed during our Conflict Resolution Week events and presentations.
Conflict isn’t about winning or losing, but, with the right techniques, attitudes, and tools, conflict can result in mutual growth and even the strengthening of a relationship. Whether it’s a dispute with your organization, roommate, romantic partner, or workplace, we have you covered during Conflict Resolution Week. Take a look at our line-up of events, and be sure the get your Conflict Resolution Week prize card so that you can be entered into our drawing to win either a Kindle Fire HDX or a set of Bose headphones! Visit www.bearkatlaw.com, our Facebook page, our Twitter, or shsu.edu/legalservice for more updates and details, or call us at 936.294.1717 for more information.