Ginny Hanley MA '15

Ginny Hanley has been doing mediation for family cases regarding custody visitation issues and guardianship issues for about seven years in the County of Peoria Courthouse.

She’s currently a court mediator and earned her Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution from Dominican University in May 2015, completing most of her classwork through Dominican’s flexible online program.

“For me to have this degree has really elevated my position here in the view of the judges,” Hanley said. “I really appreciate that opportunity to have been able to work and take classes online, all from Peoria.”

The convenient low-residency format allows students to earn their degree while working full-time from anywhere in the world. She attended the two five-day intensive courses on campus, with the remaining courses completed online. This provides both face-to-face interaction with faculty and peers with the flexibility and convenience of online learning.

Taught by experts with years of real-world experience, the degree prepares students to enter the fast-growing field of mediation as well as a variety of other human-centered careers.

“I love Dominican,” she said. “They made me feel right at home while I was in those courses. And it just expanded to the online courses…It was just like having a group of friends online and learning while I was doing it.”