An alumna and state leader in alternative dispute resolution will receive the distinguished Chancellor’s Medallion during the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s 47th Midyear Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 17.
Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center director Kristy Bradish was nominated for the University honor, cited as a champion of civility and empathy while helping establish innovations in mediation and alternative dispute resolution throughout the region and state.
A 1977 UW Oshkosh English graduate and past president of the Wisconsin Association of Mediators, Bradish has trained hundreds of volunteer mediators around the state, helping instill skills and sensitivities vital to resolving difficult issues outside the conventional court system.
The Chancellor’s Medallion is awarded to those nominees who provide outstanding contributions in the area of service to the community, state, national and higher education. Past recipients have included directors and executives leading community and state agencies and initiaives improving education and quality of life in Wisconsin to legislators with a record of support for the advancement of higher education in the state.
In her 17 years mediating cases, Bradish has personally helped resolve civil, victim-and-offender, community, commercial, state tribal, child-protection, school-based, probate and workplace disputes.
She has also co-authored two nationally-recognized manuals for mediation training and launched the successful Foreclosure Mediation Program serving Calumet, Manitowoc, Waushara and Winnebago Counties.
Her passion for and commitment to conflict resolution has also resulted in her leading workshops throughout Wisconsin. Bradish also serves as a member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s District Committee for the Office of Lawyer Regulation and is mediator for the U.S. Postal Service and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Special Education Program.
“In this time of seeking out ways to have civil discussions on difficult issues, Kristy leads the way, one person at a time, to show all of us that it is possible to talk through our difficulties and to find solutions that meet our needs without causing harm to those we disagree with,” wrote Pat Nichols, former director of the University’s Center for Career Development and Employability Training (CCDET) in her nomination of Bradish for University honors.