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Summit County Commissioners encourage residents to utilize community resources to resolve conflicts in constructive ways
Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Board of Commissioners proclaimed October to be Conflict Resolution Month in Summit County Tuesday. In doing so, the board joins with individuals and organizations across Summit County and the State of Colorado committed to productive and nonviolent strategies for dealing with conflict, dispute and disagreement.
“Dealing with conflict in your personal or professional life can be stressful and difficult,” Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. “This October, our community is shining the spotlight on resources available to help people work through conflicts in ways that produce satisfying, long-lasting results for all parties.”
Conflict Resolution Month is a statewide initiative that builds awareness of practices such as arbitration, mediation, restorative justice and non-violent communication, helping Coloradans deal constructively with conflict. Gov. John Hickenlooper recently issued a statewide proclamation declaring October 2017 as Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado. Locally, a diverse coalition of organizations has come together to advance conflict resolution.
The Conflict Resolution Coalition of Summit County was organized in September 2014 to expand awareness of conflict resolution programs and services in the area. The coalition has more than 40 members, including attorneys, juvenile diversion professionals, the Keystone Policy Center, Summit School District, law enforcement agencies, Summit County Library, the faith community, social services administrators and others.
The coalition has organized a number of events that will take place locally through mid-November:
For more information on Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado, visit www.conflictresolutionmonth.org.