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Wisdom from the Peacekeeper of the Year

By The EDR Program Team Learn more about Michele Straube, the Founder and former Director of the EDR Program, and her lessons learned from a career in conflict resolution. We are pleased to celebrate Michele, who has been named Peacekeeper of the Year by the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution. The annual award honors the […]

What Madame C (Coronavirus) Is Teaching Me

The Wallace Stegner Center Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program recognizes that the coronavirus has created a wide range of challenges. We also think it has created an opportunity to reflect on how we operate as individuals and as a society and to be more intentional in our lives. To inspire reflection and intentionality, we are […]

Collaboration Playlist

By Michele Straube for Music has so many magical properties. It can prompt memory. It can help create memories. It can access memory. It can set the mood. It can change the mood. All these characteristics are beneficial to negotiation and collaboration. So with a little help from my friends,* here is a collaboration […]

Daring to Dialogue: Stories of “Being the Change”

By Michele Straube and Danya Rumore for On June 15, the EDR Program co-hosted “Fostering Productive Dialogue in Divided Times,” the third in the Dialogue on Collaboration series. At the end of the event, we challenged our nearly 100 participants to write down one thing they would do to engage in dialogue with someone […]

A Cow Runs Through It: Reflections on 20+ Years as an Environmental Mediator

By Michele Straube for  I realized recently that my projects involved cows at the beginning, middle and end of my career, and a squishy stress toy named Consensus Cow has become my go-to mediation / facilitation tool in the past year.  A random coincidence, no doubt, but a good reason for Consensus Cow to […]

CLE – The Taming of the Shrew: Using Dialogue to Create Professionalism and Civility

The Taming of the Shrew: Using Dialogue to Create Professionalism and Civility 12:00-1:00 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law, Level 6 This CLE will focus on the core lawyering skill of dialogue, a deceptively simple approach to conversation which underlies all professionalism and civility, from collaborative problem solving to adversarial advocacy. 1 hour of professionalism […]

Apply for Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration

By Michele Straube The 23 participants in the inaugural Short Course will attend their last session on April 27, walking away with a Certificate of Completion; new skills, friends and collaborators; and a capstone project putting the concepts and skills they learned into action in a real-life setting of their choosing. The application period for […]

So Little Time, So Much to Read: Conflict Management Blogs I Follow

By Michele Straube It’s class prep time in academia, and I’ve been looking through my “new topics” collection to update my Conflict Management lesson plans. It quickly became apparent that there are a few blogs and listservs that are my “go-to” reading on communication, negotiation and conflict management skills, and collaborative process best practices. I’ll […]

Apply for Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration

By Michele Straube for If my sense of reality about the discourse around environmental and natural resources (ENR) issues was limited to what I read in the news, I’d be worried.  Hostile takeovers at a wildlife refuge in Oregon.  Heated debate at Utah’s legislature about whether or not to sue the federal government.  Trash […]

Straube and Environmental Dispute Resolution Program work on homeless services sites featured in Deseret News

Michele Straube, director of the  University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, was featured in a recent article in the Deseret News about her work on Salt Lake City’s Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission. The article explores Straube’s work as a “conflict coach” in mediating the complex discussions associated with finding […]