Each year UNC Charlotte undergraduates who are enrolled in the Mediation and Conflict Resolution class compete successfully in regional (and national, when near) Intercollegiate Mock Mediation Tournaments. Students develop and apply practical skills that transfer to "real-life" scenarios they will face as professionals. Experienced mediators as judges critique their skills and give practical feedback. These diverse students challenge teams from other colleges and universities, and their success raises UNC Charlotte's visibility.
The Crowdfunding project will help fund student travel and registration to the regional and national Intercollegiate Mediation Tournaments. As a means to connect past UNC Charlotte tournament participants (now alumni) with the students competing in the 2017 tournaments, we plan to add a social/networking/information meeting between these two groups of past and current participants,and include professional mediators who volunteer to help coach the students.
"Currently as a legal professional in Mecklenburg County and adjunct professor, but also as a UNC Charlotte alumnus, I am proud that UNC Charlotte students are learning mediation skills that are critical for their professional and personal lives." - Toussaint Romain '01
The Mediation and Conflict Resolution course is an important skills area for the new Legal Studies minor. The new interdisciplinary Legal Studies minor gives students access to theoretical and skills courses, and fosters critical thinking and other transferable skills. This broad base of knowledge about law-related topics better positions students for employment in governmental and nonprofit agencies, as well as business, where legal knowledge is beneficial.