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Recent Grads Join AmeriCorps as Conflict Resolution Specialists

Catherine Sherwood ’20 and Alexander Cottrell ’20 have joined AmeriCorps’ Community Mediation Services Corps (CMSC) as conflict resolution specialists through the Center for Dispute Settlement. In their new roles, they will work with youth and families in local communities and schools.

Sherwood, a dance and psychology double major, has been assigned to Canandaigua Middle School, while Cottrell, a Greek and economics major, will head to Geneva High School.

On campus, both were involved with Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) Civic Leaders, America Reads and Koshare, and both earned the President’s Civic Leadership Award. Presented by the President’s Office and CCESL, the award recognizes exceptional dedication to civic engagement at the local, national or international level.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Alex and Catherine, both of whom spent considerable time over the past four years combining their commitment to the community with their academics,” says CCSEL Director Katie Flowers. “I’m thrilled the Center for Dispute Settlement recognized their potential to positively impact youth in Geneva and Canandaigua who, with guidance from Alex and Catherine, will acquire and practice conflict resolution skills through this partnership with local high schools.”

A partnership between the New York State Dispute Resolution Association and Community Dispute Resolution Centers across New York, the CMSC places members into local schools to provide a variety of alternative dispute resolution services and conduct outreach and activities to improve outcomes for youth.

AmeriCorps is a network of local, state and national service programs that connects thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment.

Collectively, HWS students contribute more than 80,000 hours of service and engagement annually to local, national and international communities, and generate approximately $110,000 in fundraising efforts for non-profit organizations. The Colleges are among just 100 institutions across the country that match 100 percent of AmeriCorps education awards for currently enrolled students.

To learn more about AmeriCorps and other service opportunities for HWS graduates, click here.