In the spirit of embracing conflict resolution at Illinois State University, Redbirds Resolving Conflict was founded in the fall of 2015 as an official registered student organization (RSO). Illinois State University has practiced conflict resolution for many years in the form of mediation, restorative justice, etc.; however, for much of this time, Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution has been the facilitator of such services. As per its own constitution, Redbirds Resolving Conflict was created "to provide conflict resolution services, including, but not limited to, mediation and restorative justice through a student-driven organization and process that is in alignment with the Illinois State University Code of Student Conduct and the philosophy of the office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution."
Members of Redbirds Resolving Conflict are trained in mediation and restorative justice through Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, allowing these members to be considered Student Conflict Specialists as per the Code of Student Conduct. Student Conflict Specialists are an integral part of the Code of Student Conduct as well as the conflict resolution process, allowing students to facilitate conflict resolution through partnership with Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
Training in mediation and restorative justice is just one of the great advantages of being a member of Redbirds Resolving Conflict. Redbirds Resolving Conflict operates just like any other RSO at Illinois State University in that it has an Executive Board, general meetings, official events, etc. Joining Redbirds Resolving Conflict also allows its members to not only provide a critical service to the Illinois State University community and beyond, but also to participate in "mock" mediations and restorative justice conferences, pre-professional events/conferences, as well as travel to places that are rooted in conflict resolution.
Interested in joining Redbirds Resolving Conflict or have questions? Contact its president and/or advisors (Jen Stevenson and Adam Guenther) at: RedbirdsResolvingConflict@IllinoisState.edu.
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