The Bosserman Center begins training peer mediators at Snow Hill High School in Snow Hill, Maryland. Trainers Alexandra Ginta-Martin, Brittany Kesteven, and Abigail Hastings along with Dr. Brian Polkinghorn and Jacquie Granger meet with the five seniors peer mediators, Jordan, Zack, Laurin, Pilar and Ayanna to train them on the fundamentals for performing peer mediation at their high school. The team has two faculty advisers: Jennifer Silas from the school's media center and Guidance Counselor, Rose Dolinger. [huge_it_portfolio id="3"] Last year's former seniors at Snow Hill High School successfully conducted over twenty mediation sessions in this program.
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On May 18, 2016, some 201 students received their master’s degrees from Salisbury University as part of the largest class in its 90-year history. Among them were our Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution graduate students Xiwen Jin (China), Melissa Aristizabal (Colombia) and Alexandra Ginta Martin (Romania). For the past two years they have been actively involved in several research projects at the Bosserman Center, as well as events and lectures. Alexandra was also the Graduate Commencement Speaker and will be joining the teaching team of the CADR Department starting Fall 2017! Watch Alexandra Ginta Martin's Commencement Ceremony Speech.
Dr. Hansen is a dynamic practitioner and scholar in the twin fields of conflict resolution and peace studies. He has been a very active conflict resolution practitioner, particularly with vulnerable, disadvantaged individuals and groups. He is currently on the board of directors for the Perspectives of Freedom Foundation, which conducts development and conflict resolution work in Central and South America, as well as the West Virginia Center for Peace and Conflict. He has previously conducted conflict resolution workshops with diverse natural resource conflict stakeholders in Suriname. In addition, Dr. Hansen has conducted workshops for at-risk youth and developed anti-racism training materials for community organizations. Dr. Hansen has also been a restorative justice dialogue facilitator in criminal cases involving severe violence with juvenile and adult offenders. He has published numerous articles…