On Tuesday May 12 Detroiters will be getting a chance to tap into a couple deep wells of knowledge on urban and ethnic conflict. Joining us from New York is Maria Volpe, former president of the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution and Director of the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center housed at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. She will be sharing a wide range of work that creatively connects police with the community. A prominent example is the structured encounters provided by the Cops and Kids program in NYC.
Our second resource person, Jay Rothman, comes all the way from Israel. Jay is very familiar with living and working in areas where ethnic and racial divisions are front of mind with most people. Dr. Rothman has done important interethnic and inter-religious work in cities as close as Cincinnati and countries as far as Israel using a model he developed called the ARIA method. You definitely will want to attend if your work with people crosses these kind of racial/ethnic divisions or you have special interest in using data driven evaluation coupled with conflict intervention.
The great news is that these workshops, hosted by the Dispute Resolution Consortium at Wayne State University, will be inexpensive ($50 at the door) and accessible, being held at the Wayne State University Main Campus in the newly renovated Student Center Ballroom. You need to RSVP to save a spot and then you pay at the door when you get your name badge. However, if you really want to up your experience level, come to the full free conference on Renewal and Reconciliation in Urban Contexts happening at WSU May 11 and May 12. As just one small part of a packed program, the lunchtime speakers on Monday the 11th will be the mediators who handled the Detroit bankruptcy and assisted with the grand bargain saving the DIA collection and building regional collaboration. Come, joins us, and talk about Urban Public Policy and Dispute Resolution.
The Workshops You Don’t Want to Miss
“Thinking Out Of The Box: Building Relations Between Police and Community”
by: Maria R. Volpe, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Sociology Director, Dispute Resolution Program Director, CUNY Dispute Resolution Center John Jay College of Criminal Justice – CUNY New York, New York
In this workshop Volpe will present techniques and tips for maximizing safe, respectful talking space for all including where, when and how to start, how to prepare the parties, facilitation concerns, and moving beyond talk. Gain insight about a variety of approaches from small dialogues to large scale town meetings aimed at fostering collaborative relationships between the police and the communities they serve.
“Negotiating New Agendas for Inter-Group Cooperation in Public Space”
by: Jay Rothman, Associate Professor, Graduate Program on Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Bar-Ilan University in Israel
In this workshop Rothman will present case studies and share tools for applying collaborative visioning and agenda setting processes in situations of intense, multi-stakeholder conflicts. Cases will be drawn from his work between Palestinian and Israeli leaders in Jerusalem and students Northern Israel, between Fisherman, Environmentalists and Regulators in New England, and Police and Community in Cincinnati, Ohio.