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ESCRO Team Leader

About ESCRO Team Leader

Bill Warters is the Academic Director of the Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution (MADR) Program at Wayne State University. An Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Dr. Warters teaches courses such as the Roots of Social Conflict; Neutral Intervention Theory and Practice; Ethnography; and an online course in Communication Technology and Conflict. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Warters' work includes developing innovative conflict resolution knowledge dissemination and skill building platforms and tools. For example, in August of 2012 Bill released a free iPad app developed to promote conflict resolution in educational settings. The app drew on resources developed at his two federally-funded web clearinghouses, and Project links are available at When he is not prepping for class, responding to program inquiries or going down twitter rabbitholes, Bill likes to ride his bike, canoe, play frisbee and attend Quaker Meeting.

Ford Foundation Supports New East Side Resource Center

The Ford Foundation and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation have announced a new partnership that should be good for Eastsiders. The new $5 million dollar resource and engagement center on Detroit’s east side aims to serve the communities youth. It will be located inside of the Fisher Magnet Upper Academy. It is expected to open early in 2017.

Spring 2016 PD Series Video

We’ve concluded another great series of conflict resolution professional development presentations at the Harper Woods High School Community Room. Good range of topics and some really interesting guest speakers this year. Here’s a short video slideshow highlighting our topics. Great job MADR folks, and a special thanks to Tommy Martin and Jacqueline Lacey for capturing the session images and creating the video. Way to go ESCRO Pioneers!

Spring 2016 Community Workshop Series

Once again we are hosting a series of free conflict resolution skills professional development sessions on Monday nights in March and April. Each evening, beginning at 6:30 pm, we will have two presentations of about an hour each with a break for refreshment in the middle. All events are at the Harper Woods High School Community Room, 20225 Beaconsfield Ave, Harper Woods, MI 48225 Here’s the 2016 session titles. Look for blog posts and event registration links on this site for more information about each session. A flyer Continue reading →

Youth Poetry Contest Oct 1-31 2015

The ESCRO project is partnering with the Association for Conflict Resolution to help promote a poetry contest during the month of October. Thursday October 15th is national Conflict Resolution Day, and the month-long poetry contest  is part of the bigger celebration. 5th Annual Conflict Resolution Day Poetry Contest Students Win Cash Prizes!!! 1st Place — $100  2nd Place — $75 Grade Categories: 3-5th  6-8th  9-12th Students are invited to submit a poem on: “BUILDING PEACE” • What is peace? • Where is peace? • How Continue reading →

3-Hour Workshops Not to be Missed

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 Continue reading →

Conflict Skills in the Community & on the Job

Please join us on April 20 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Harper Woods High School Community Room for an informative session exploring the important work conflict resolvers are doing in their communities and in their workplaces using skills they’ve gained as mediators and students of Dispute Resolution. AGENDA 6:30-7:45pm Community Mediator Perspective Sharing – Craig Pappas (Executive Director, The Resolution Center) and Mary Morris (Wayne Mediation Center) and Roy Burton (Restorative Justice Practitioner, Kelly Middle School, Eastpointe) This session features experienced community conflict intervenors who will share a community Continue reading →

Urban Public Policy and Dispute Resolution Conference May 11-12

Consider joining the ESCRO Team for a free 2-day conference focusing on Urban Public Policy and Dispute Resolution scheduled for Monday and Tuesday May 11-12 at Wayne State University Student Center Ballroom. In addition to a lunchtime presentation by Detroit federal bankruptcy mediators Judge Gerald Rosen and noted attorney Eugene Driker, confirmed national speakers include Maria Volpe (John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NY, former president of SPIDR, developer of Cops and Kids program), Josh Stulberg (one of our founding MADR faculty, now at Ohio Continue reading →

Theories of the Third Side: Who Intervenes in Conflict and Why?

This session presented by WSU Professor Bill Warters will review some of the practical models for determining who should get involved in trying to resolve conflicts. We’ll start by exploring models developed by hands-on conflict experts such as the late Jim Laue (the Community Relations Service), William Ury (the Harvard Negotiation Project) and Raymond Shonholtz (the Community Boards Program and Partners for Democratic Change). We’ll compare these very pragmatic models with some of the more theoretical work of sociologists such as Donald Black and Mary Continue reading →

Spring 2015 Workshop Series Schedule

Once again we are hosting a series of free professional development sessions on Monday nights. This year we begin a bit earlier at 6:30 pm. Each evening we will have two presentations of about an hour each with a break for refreshment in the middle. All events are at the Harper Woods High School Community Room, 20225 Beaconsfield Ave, Harper Woods, MI 48225 Here’s a pdf of the 2015 Series Schedule of Events. We’ve begun pairing experienced practitioners from the community with many of the student presentations, so plan Continue reading →