Friday, February 16, 2018

Conflict Students Are Serving More People Than Ever Before

This year, the Certificate Program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution has expanded its outreach, adding four new clients to its spring schedule.

29 Students in COMM 485 (Practicum in Conflict Analysis and Resolution) and COMM 385 (Conflict Mediation) will be facilitating conflict resolution events and trainings to several groups over the next several months, serving an estimated 200 people in their surrounding communities:

1.  The University of Wisconsin System Conference on Teaching and Learning

2.  The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Residence Staff

3.  HALO (The Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization), a homeless shelter in Racine, WI

4.  FOCUS on Community, a substance abuse prevention program in Racine, WI

5.  Waukegan to College, a student support group and leadership program for college-bound
        students in Waukegan, IL

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Diversity and Inclusion

We bring a diverse range of community members together to discuss the problems that affect us all.  Click on the link below for a glimpse of the gathering hosted by our Conflict Mediation students in December 2017:

Theatre of Empowerment: Diversity and Dialogue!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Conflict Program Director Jonathan Shailor Receives Award for Outstanding Service

Every year, Wisconsin Campus Compact (WiCC) recognizes faculty and staff from Wisconsin colleges and universities who go above and beyond to bring the community into their classroom and to make their campuses more engaged in the community with the Sister Joel Read Civic Engagement Practitioners Award ( This past spring, UW-Parkside Communication professor Dr. Jonathan Shailor was one of two recipients of the award.

Dr. Jonathan Shailor has spent most of his professional life engaging in community-based learning and research. His classroom is the community and the community is his classroom.  Dr. Shailor's engagement on campus began at UW-Parkside in 1996, when he created the Conflict Analysis and Resolution Certificate, designed to train students as leaders in conflict resolution. Each year, approximately 15 students take the practicum where they create and facilitate workshops in conflict resolution. Students have worked with prisoners at Racine Youthful Correctional Facility and Racine Correctional Institution, and with at-risk students at Frank Elementary School in Kenosha and Case High School in Racine. In recent years, his Conflict Resolution students have worked with clients at the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization (HALO), a homeless shelter in Racine.

Dr. Shailor's research is also conducted on the effectiveness of prison theater, and the arts and humanities as an approach to education in corrections. Since 1995, Dr. Shailor has taught courses at Racine Correctional Institution on a volunteer basis including: King, Warrior, Lover: Archetypes of Mature Masculinity, The Theatre of Empowerment, and Clear Mind/ Open Heart. Dr. Shailor has raised thousands of dollars over the years in order to purchase books and other supplies for the prisoners. In 2004, Dr. Shailor established the Shakespeare Prison Project, where over incarcerated men intensively study, rehearse, and perform full Shakespeare plays ( The Project has produced King Lear, Othello, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Scenes and Soliloquies, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and Cymbeline.  Each play requires an almost year-long commitment from Dr. Shailor and the inmates. The program has been celebrated in The New York Times and other media outlets, and by the outside reviewers who attend each year. Dr. Shailor's goals with these performances are to contribute to the prisoners' sense of communication competence, self-awareness, positive goal-setting, and belonging.

Dr. Shailor is an amazing example of UW-Parkside's community engagement.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Shailor's work, or other community engagement work, contact Debra Karp at

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

At HALO (Racine): March 8, 2011

Women and men residing at the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization (HALO) in Racine, WI, recently used "the theatre of empowerment" to perform their personal stories of struggle and triumph. This joyful and moving event was a culmination of a five-week training for HALO residents in Conflict Resolution--led by students from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The students, who are enrolled in UW-Parkside's Certificate Program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, used dialogue, storytelling and performance as tools for development in three areas: (1) personal empowerment, (2) relational responsibility, and (3) community awareness. Residents described the experience as "fun," and as an opportunity to overcome shyness and to "express myself." One wrote that he gained "greater perspective of myself in social interactive situations," as well as "new insights" and "greater hope."

The students will run a second five-week training at HALO beginning March 29.

Stephanie Kober, HALO's Director of Family Programs, says of the program:

The impact the Conflict Resolution Program has on the homeless participants is amazing. Even case managers cannot get the people to open up as well as this group. The outcomes are amazing... I can take credit for many things in the lives of my clients, but when it comes to the conflict resolution skills, I owe the program.

Comm 485: Practicum in Conflict Resolution
Instructor: Professor Jonathan Shailor

Students: Katie Clemins, Carrie Dennett, Ashley Downey, Delicia Evans,
Erica Flores, Amanda Gibson, Darryl Griffin, Marquis Hazelwood,
Curtis Hines, Julie Middendorf, Lakeeda Murphy, Loreal Patterson, Deborah Roberts, Greg Teuton, Jordan Woiteshek, and John Worrell.