Building Conflict Competencies Through Service Learning

This session, the first in our series of professional development presentations, will explore the value inherent in doing service work related to managing conflict and solving community problems. We will review some broad concepts related to learning via direct experience from big-name theorists like Dewey, Freire, and Mead, and then focus down on the special case of managing community conflicts as a rich learning opportunity.

We will tap into the long tradition of service learning in America and share stories of successful conflict resolution service projects. Dr. Warters will provide examples of creative conflict intervention by volunteers from across North America. In particular, we’ll learn about the unique approach to community development promoted by the Community Boards project that was active in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-1980s and explore it’s application to the East Side of Metro Detroit.

Join us and learn more about opportunities for working with and learning from conflict!

Presented by Dr. William Warters, Ph.D., Academic Director of the Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution, Wayne State University.

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ESCRO Team Leader

About 3rd Sider 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, Campus-adr.org and CREducation.org. Project links are available at http://madr.comm.wayne.edu/#contact 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.


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, Campus-adr.org and CREducation.org. Project links are available at http://madr.comm.wayne.edu/#contact 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.