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Posted on: September 26, 2017

Commissioners Proclaim October to be Conflict Resolution Month

Seven community members stand with a proclamation.

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:

  • Month of October: An exhibit titled “Talking It Out: Getting to Agreement” will be on display at the Summit County Commons foyer, the Summit County Library’s Main Branch and the Silverthorne Recreation Center. The exhibit illustrates stories of individuals and communities in Colorado who have resolved conflict constructively. Contact Karn Stiegelmeier at 970-471-2298.
  • 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1: Myra Isenhart, Ph.D., will lead a presentation and discussion entitled, “Forgiveness: Why, When, How,” hosted by the High Country Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 56 U.S. Highway 6, Dillon.
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19: The Family & Intercultural Resource Center, in partnership with Summit County Youth & Family Services and Summit School District, will host a Dialogue Over Dinner event titled “Askable Adults: How to Start Difficult Conversations with Your Child.” Contact Julie McCluskie at 970-368-1013.
  • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26: The Fifth Judicial District Family Court will hold a free Rural Resource Day for couples and families in Summit and Eagle counties involved in domestic relations cases. Contact Family Court Facilitator Laurie Mactavish.
  • 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14: Carol Hess, Myra Isenhart and Emily Tracy will lead a workshop on Colorado’s 2017 Conflict Resolution Month Book, “Difficult Conversations,” hosted by Summit County Senior Citizens at the Summit County Community & Senior Center, 83 Nancy’s Pl., Frisco.
  • Month of October: Summit School District will conduct a series of bullying awareness events. Contact Julie McCluskie at 970-368-1013.

For more information on Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado, visit


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