Week Focuses on Resolving Conflicts

Student Legal and Mediation Services will host the third annual Conflict Resolution Week at Sam Houston State University during the week of October 12-15, 2015. SLMS, in an effort to equip the SHSU community with useful insights and tools to effectively resolve disputes, will deliver lively and interactive activities for the SHSU community. The theme is “The Art of Conflict.”

“Conflict is inevitable within any relationship or community – friends, roommates, coworkers, and even between governments,” said Gene Roberts, director of Student Legal and Mediation Services. “The key is having the knowledge and tools to address conflict in a healthy and productive way, and that is what our office hopes to provide with this lineup of events.”

To kick off the week, starting on Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th, students will be able to create a spontaneous mural demonstrating their stories and the intensity of conflict and resolution in the mall area in front of the Lowman Student Center. This activity will be from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. both days.

On Wednesday, October 14, Joey Cope, the Executive Director of the Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution at Abilene Christian University will speak on “Beyond Settlement: The Art of Peacebuilding.” Dr. Cope has trained thousands of mediators and peacemakers in Texas, throughout the United States, and in Africa. This keynote will take place at 6:00 p.m. in CHSS 110.

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On Thursday, October 15, a showing of “Art of Conflict” will take place starting at 6:00 p.m. in CHSS 120. This documentary explores concepts of violence and peace in Northern Ireland through the murals painted on buildings. After the viewing, there will be a short discussion. Food and drinks will be provided.

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“This week helps us to focus on responsible ways to resolve conflicts. We will learn that effective conflict resolution techniques are vital in not just some areas of our lives but in virtually every environment in which we find ourselves working, living, and getting along with other human beings,” notes Gene Roberts, who is also the Immediate Past-President of the Texas Association of Mediators and serves on the Council of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section for the State Bar of Texas. “Our hope is that this year’s attendees will encounter new ideas and tools that they can take with them and use to create better, stronger relationships with their coworkers, classmates, roommates, family members, and friends.”

For more information on Conflict Resolution Week, visit and, follow the office of Student Legal and Mediation Services at and on Twitter @Bearkatlaw, or contact SLMS at 936-294-1717 or via email at

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