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 →

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.

Managing Workplace Conflict

Most workers will encounter workplace conflict. While workplace conflict can usually be resolved between the parties involved, other times a workplace mediator (neutral 3rd party) must facilitate conversations to resolve the conflict. Workplace mediation can be effective in union and non-union settings. The primary goal is to empower the parties to help them work together better. Workplace mediation is confidential, informal and a voluntary process. There are several types of conflicts in the workplace: leadership, style, personality, interdependence and differences in background/gender. Check out our Continue reading →

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!

Fighting Exclusion: Legal and Social Remedies in the Workplace.

Updated: Here’s the Slides from My Session. Hello all, On April 18, 2016 at approximately 7:30pm, I will be conducting a presentation regarding diversity and inclusion in the workplace. I plan on having an engaging conversation with the audience regarding our perceptions of others, and how we can utilize these perceptions to make for better working conditions. I will also provide information on discrimination and harassment regulations and how biases can be detrimental to the working environment. Finally, Dr. Loraleigh Keashly, Associate Dean at Wayne Continue reading →

Strategies for enhancing cross cultural communication

Update: Slides from this Session now available. This workshop is about the importance of being aware of differences in cross cultural communication and then looking for strategies for enhancing the communication between cultures. The main topics to be discussed are: Definition of cross cultural communication Main differences in cross cultural communication How to overcome cultural challenges Avoiding miscommunications and misunderstandings is essential to successfully cross cultural relations Guest speaker: Michael Gall, Peace Corps Recruiter for East Michigan tells some of his experience while volunteering for Peace Corps in Continue reading →

Social Media’s Adverse Effects on Children, Teen and Family: What’s a Parent to Do

My Workshop Description: Social media is a direct product of the availability and easy access to Internet connectivity that is a growing trend of communication, interaction, and a means of meeting old friends and making new friends. The wide spread use of the Internet is not without generational use; the group most attracted to the social media is young people and adolescent. While social media serves as a medium for social interaction and exploring new information and places, it is not without conflict and confusion Continue reading →

Cross Generational Conflict: Culture Conflict Within Immigrant Families

New: Slides from this session are available here. It is often difficult coming to another country that is completely different from your home country, were there are different societal norms and values. Many immigrants find it difficult to adjust to the ever many changes that they experience when coming to a new place. But for the first and second generations  they sometimes come across what people consider an identity crisis. Trying to balance their roots with trying to adapt to the host countries new societal Continue reading →