Student Tenant Education & Mediation Program Opens

MADISON- On Feb.18 the first housing mediation training program of the new
Student Tenant Education & Mediation (STEM) program took place at the
UW-Madison Law School, with instructors Bill White, Attorney with Michael, Best
& Friedrich LLP and Professional Mediator and Instructor Shirin Kestin
presenting the training. Attending were 29 UW law students and campus area
property managers who will serve as volunteer mediators for
the Student Tenant Education & Mediation (STEM) program.

The STEM program, underwritten by AASCW as a template for
student tenant-landlord resources, has been developed thru the collaborative
efforts of the Neighborhood Law Project, the UW Visitors and Information
Center-Off Campus Housing Program, the Legal Information Center,
Associated Students of Madison (ASM), The Apartment Association
of South Central Wisconsin and Madison 8th District Alder Bryon Eagon.

The advisory board of STEM has created a three part program to assist
student tenants and property owners with information for
1) before you rent and 2) current student tenant information and assistance and
3) dispute resolution thru mediation for student tenants and property owners.

The STEM office is located at 625 Langdon Street, STEM website
is www.stemmadison.com Email is stemmadison@gmail.com
and phone number is 228-0090.

Since opening in November, 2010 STEM has provided root beer floats
and ‘B4 U Rent’ information to over 600 students living in Sellery Hall
and talked face to face with more than 2,000 students at the
first annual housing fair on campus–giving each student information
to be an informed consumer, what to look for when shopping for an apartment,
important things to know before signing a lease, and resources to help current tenants.

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