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    A three-day learning event that brings colleagues together from across campus to share knowledge and cultivate skills that will positively impact our work life.

March 13, 14 and 15, 2018.

Open to UVM employees only.


  • 25+ Classes
  • Keynote Breakfast -“Thorny Conversations: Navigating your way through Conflict” March 13th (Breakfast served 8am)
  • Wake Up to Wellness - PD&T and UVM’s Employee Wellness Program are dedicating the morning of March 14th to Wellness Workshops.
    (Look for the free coffee available in the Old Mill/Lafayette hallway!)
  • Get the Scoop! Resource Fair - UVM Resource Fair on March 14th 2pm to 4pm with Complimentary Ice Cream & All the Toppings!
  • View program schedule and workshop descriptions.

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“Thorny Conversations: Navigating your way through Conflict” Lynn Dunton, Mediation Partners of New England

Dealing with difficult people and difficult situations is part of life. If you know how to have a thorny conversation or how to navigate your way through conflict, then you have valuable tools that will help you excel in your personal and professional life.
This keynote presentation focuses on you and how you deal with conflict. Self-knowledge about your habits, patterns, and preferences prepares you to effectively manage the tricky situations that life throws at you.
After we explore personal conflict styles, we look at factors that influence conflict: how the brain is “hard wired” to react to perceived threats, sociological factors such as identity, and the power of emotions.

Following the keynote there will be breakout sessions addressing the keynote from multiple perspectives throughout the day.

Keynote Speaker: Lynn Dunton

Lynn is a conflict management specialist and a principal of Mediation Partners of New England with three decades of working in higher education and not-for-profit organizations—in financial management, fundraising, and conflict resolution. Since 2013, she has served as ombudsperson at Middlebury College. She holds an MS in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College, and her work with Mediation Partners of New England encompasses the following areas: family and workplace mediation, group and team communication training, meeting and project facilitation, and personal conflict coaching.

Thorny Conversations Workshop

Lynn Dunton and Susanna Schweizer from Mediation Partners of New England will be presenting an afternoon workshop on “thorny conversations” following the keynote address.

Get the Scoop! Resource Fair (No registration is required)

Wednesday, March 14th 2 PM - 4 PM

Following the afternoon workshops join your colleagues in the Davis Center atrium to Get the Scoop! Staff Council will be supplying complimentary ice cream (with all the toppings) and a chance for you to chat with representatives, governance groups and people from all across the campus community. Talk about your experience at EDU@UVM, meet some new people and eat some free ice cream from 2:00pm - 4:00pm in the Davis Center First Floor Atrium.

Important Dates

EDU@UVM: Mar. 13, 14 & 15, 2018

Registration Closes: Mar. 9, 2018


Workshop Locations

EDU@UVM is held on campus every year during Spring Break. The keynote is held in the Davis Center and the learning sessions take place at various classrooms on campus.


If you cannot attend, you may send a substitute by emailing EventRegistration@uvm.edu. If you are unable to find a substitute, please notify us in writing one week in advance. There is no cancellation fee.


Registration is required for all sessions.

Confirmation emails will be sent to the registrant after their registration is complete.

A reminder email will be sent the week before EDU@UVM and will contain location information.