Frostburg’s Sustaining Campus and Community Dialogue Series Continues, With Emphasis on Neighborhood Relationships, History and Housing
The Frostburg Sustaining Campus and Community Dialogue Series will continue for another year of facilitated sessions aimed at helping the community strengthen neighborhood relationships and foster a nonviolent, civil culture. The series, supported by Frostburg State University, the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office and Mountainside Community Mediation Center, is open to all community members. One more session this fall is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in the Lyric Theater at 20 E. Main St. in Frostburg.
The dialogue sessions, initiated in spring 2012, convene students, year-round residents, local officials and University leaders to discuss issues and create new opportunities for collaborative problem-solving and coalition-building in Frostburg. Sessions to date have produced action groups that created tangible outcomes along with progress on projects that will require more sustained effort. For example, the slogan “Frostburg … It’s just cooler here!” was created for community use and Bobcat paw prints were painted on Bowery Street. Additionally, short-term residents (students) and long-term residents (local families) are gathering through an “adopt a student” program. Students and campus and community leadership have also begun discussions about more off-campus housing support and to organize a commemoration of the history of Brownsville, the African-American neighborhood that is now the older portion of the FSU campus.
Details and documentary segments about the project are available at www.frostburg.edu/dept/cmst/dialogue-series. Those interested in being part of this community-building effort should contact Dr. Elesha Ruminski, chair of FSU’s Department of Communication Studies and an associate professor in that department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-687-4480.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5:30pm
20 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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