Harper Woods Unity in the Community Resource Fair

The ESCRO project has been working collaboratively with a  volunteer committee in Harper Woods that includes representatives of the local public library, the court, the community dispute resolution service, the police, city council members, the school district, and the city.

We are pleased to announce a community resource fair scheduled for October 4, 2014 from 1:00-3:30 pm at the Harper Woods High School. The event, the first of its kind, will focus on building connections, learning conflict resolution skills and getting to know your neighbors and important community service providers. Candidates for the November Election will also be available to talk with up close and personal.

RESOURCE FAIR TOPICS

  • Renter’s & Homeowner’s Rights & Responsibilities
  • Family Safety and Health
  • Youth Recreation, Sporting and After School Opportunities
  • City Agencies and the Library
  • Finding Job Opportunities via Michigan Works!
  • Home Improvement and Crime Prevention
  • Mediation, Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice Service Options
  • Services for Senior Citizens
  • Animal Adoption and Pet Care
  • Bicycle Safety and Repair (tentative)

SPECIAL VISITORS – THE SONG AND SPIRIT CARE’AVAN 

A special feature of the event will be a visit from the Song and Spirit CARE’avan run by Brother Al and friends from the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace. Warm homemade hats (HatPAX) and great snacks (SnackPAX) will be provided to those in need. Get creative with a peace crafts project that the kids and seniors will love.

SPEED LEARNING SESSIONS – Learn for Free!

We’ve rounded up some very talented conflict resolution skill trainers who will be offering quick 20-minute introductions to some very key topics for building strong communities. Think of it like speed dating, only you’ll be learning skills along the way. Here’s the current line-up, which could get longer. You’ll be able to pick any three from the list.

  • Finding the Hidden Interests Beneath Positions in Conflict presented by Edward Hartfield (former president of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution; Current President, Association for Conflict Resolution SE Michigan Chapter)
  • Harnessing the Power in Active Listening by Loraleigh Keashly (Associate Professor, Wayne State University Dispute Resolution Program)
  • Working Across Cultures – Lessons from the Peace Corps by Michael Gall (PeaceCorps Detroit Area Recruiter)
  • Building on an African-American’s Peacemaking Legacy: The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute by Barbara Jones (Community Dispute Resolution Specialist, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Wayne State University)
  • Unlearning the Language of Violence by Pamela Melick (Quaker Author and conflict resolution specialist)

A Flyer for the Event (updated) is available for sharing. Please help spread the word.

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.