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  • The Community Mediator: Community Mediation Webinar Series
    why we re brining conference quality trainings direct to you Even better we re making each webinar FREE for current NAFCM members Non members can register for only 20 per event or better yet join NAFCM to save even more Check out the initial list of webinars and stay tuned for new additions arriving regularly throughout 2012 Don t miss out registration will be limited to only 20 seats per event In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 12 47 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Dispute Resolution Community Mediation NAFCM Training Webinar Series No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About NAFCM In communities around the globe programs and volunteers share their expertise to help others constructively engage transform and resolve conflict NAFCM supports these peacemakers by aggregating their wisdom amplifying their voice and advancing their critical work There was an error in this gadget Community Mediation Quick Links Conflict Help Center Lend a Hand Membership Discussion Groups Get Social Updates Contact Us NAFCM s Social Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Groups ADRhub Search NAFCM s Blog Loading

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  • The Community Mediator: D+I Week 3: Resources to Equip Our Commitment
    Facilitator Malcolm White Topic D I Resources Intro As an organization or a member of a local Board of Directors where do you go to research issues of Diversity and Inclusion D I in the field of ADR With the advancements of technology we all have new available information at our finger tips Because D I may now be a fresh topic for the new administrators in the field where do you go to gather the data or articles to share with others Discussion Prompts Organizations What are your go to resources for D I Individuals Consider attending the National Conference for Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Capital University Columbus OH on May 14 16 2012 Date February 01 2012 Facilitator Clay Fong Topic Tapping into Local Resources Intro Local organizations and people have been some of the most useful resources for the City of Boulder s Community Mediation Service in addressing inclusion and diversity needs As a municipal agency we have brought in staff and volunteers from other departments to assist with cases and strategizing around broader outreach and case specific strategy development We work closely with our municipal Office of Human Rights we ve built mediation into local ordinances regarding discrimination and wage theft the police department s community affairs division in particular the Latino Community Liaision and the city s volunteer Human Relations Commission Commissioners have volunteered on cases for us as have court translators We ve also drawn on local affinity organizations such as the Boulder Asian Pacific Alliance and Intercambio focusing on cross cultural exchange through language working mostly with Spanish speaking folks they have also created an immigrant resource guide distributed nationally and translated into several languages The Anti Defamation League has been an ally in our school work particularly with their No place for hate initiative Staff will also use events such as cultural festivals fundraisers the annual MLK celebration school events for students of color and the county diversity awards dinner as venues for outreach and recruitment Discussion Prompts Organizations Individuals Who are current volunteers and staffers who can reach out to organizational and individual allies What are the agencies non profits and other local groups that can be allies in your D I efforts Are there events that you can use as recruiting and resource opportunities Date February 02 2012 Facilitator Charles Chang Topic D I Resources Intro Because resources are so scarce I find that each resource is a precious commodity To give a little backdrop on my organization we are funded by Los Angeles County and we have goals that we have to meet The main goal is the number of cases we resolve each year Our secondary goal is to particularly help clients who speak an Asian Pacific Islander language in our community program Our youth program doesn t have the ethnic racial requirement So in order to make this happen we need funding of course but aside from that the other two precious commodities are

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  • The Community Mediator: Diversity + Inclusion within Community Mediation
    to read share and engage contributions via NAFCM s listserve and social media outlets Context Since our field s founding our core values have led us to embrace diversity and inclusiveness These values inform how we administer our centers as well as through whom we provide and toward whom we target our helpful services Nearly 20 years ago NAFCM memorialized these values as part of its Characteristics of Community Mediation Centers Indeed the first five of the nine enumerated characteristics focus specifically on encouraging diversity and inclusiveness within center operations and service provision This focus has encouraged your field your association your organizations and your colleagues to be vigilant against that which excludes and champion that which unites Locally we ve established principled organizations standing as exemplars of inclusiveness within our respective communities Together we ve created an entire field endowed with the moral authority and earned expertise to challenge and engage divisive disclusive disputes which threaten to separate or entrench beyond content s call Today many centers undertake consistent creative impressive strides toward ensuring their services are responsive to and representative of their communities We engage in volunteer outreach seeking to attract train and utilize skilled mediators who look and live just as the clients they serve We employ staff with rich backgrounds and unfolded minds We are governed by Boards and advisors who push us to be more for those with less We open our services to any who may benefit irrespective of all but their content and our capacity And we promote the promise of and supply a vehicle for social justice when its others forms are too narrow or remote We have achieved much as a field for greater diversity and inclusiveness but we have farther yet to go Timeline Themes This dialogue series will encourage us to celebrate our progress and discover opportunities for continued growth To structure this ambitious conversation daily discussion prompts from our facilitators will encourage us to engage around a particular topic Please share your thoughts resources and recommendations as they pertain to the daily or continued topics of interest to you At any time participants are also welcome to directly share with our dialogue facilitators any feedback on how we may further enrich or extend this discussion series Upon completion of the formal series in mid February we will have grown stronger as a community through compassionately challenging one another generously sharing our wisdom and resources and informing our ever forward march toward greater diversity and inclusiveness Jan 17 22 Introduction Celebration of Our Progress Jan 23 29 Identifying Opportunities for Growth Jan 30 Feb 05 Resources to Equip Our Commitment Feb 06 12 Envisioning the Future of D I within Community Mediation Feb 20 24 Recap Teleseminar Webinar We welcome and thank you for participating in this dialogue series to celebrate and recommit community mediation to its values of diversity and inclusiveness We look forward to your contributions and the uniting dialogue which lay ahead UPDATE Program administrators please

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  • The Community Mediator: Community Mediation Diversity Survey
    time assessment of how diversity within mediation programs mirrors that of their local communities In appreciation for completing the Survey NAFCM will provide responding member programs with a personalized report on how their responses compare both to other community mediation programs as well as to recent U S Census data from their own specific communities These personalized reports will help programs better understand and promote their progress toward embracing diversity and inclusion Of course it warrants note that while NAFCM anticipates the information gathered through this Survey it readily and humbly acknowledges the impossibility of roundly quantifying culture or even counting all that which truly counts Still the broad information gathered through this Survey can help further inform and motivate deeper examinations of self and service within our wonderfully complex communities After completing the survey we welcome feedback on how this resource may be improved and or supplemented for future uses After you complete the D I Survey I encourage you to learn about and contribute to NAFCM s ongoing Discussion Series on Diversity Inclusion In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 10 27 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Dispute Resolution Community Mediation Diversity and Inclusion Mediator Diversity NAFCM No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About NAFCM In communities around the globe programs and volunteers share their expertise to help others constructively engage transform and resolve conflict NAFCM supports these peacemakers by aggregating their wisdom amplifying their voice and advancing their critical work There was an error in this gadget Community Mediation Quick Links Conflict Help Center Lend a Hand Membership Discussion Groups Get Social Updates Contact Us NAFCM s Social Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Groups

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  • The Community Mediator: D+I Week 2: Identifying Opportunities for Growth
    for themselves to be shipped back to where they came from Diversity brings richness like color did for the television but there is a price because a lot of people are not comfortable with what they don t know And that s what diversity is at the beginning something they don t know That s one of the reasons mediation can make a big difference in communities Mediation offers individuals and communities a chance to understand differences whether they are due to race gender religion or sexual orientation I believe that people who are straight can come to accept people who are gay by learning about their struggles Some people have too much fear to listen but some people with open hearts can have compassion if not total understanding I work for an organization whose mission is predicated on diversity We have a mission of providing mediation services to the diverse Asian Pacific Islander API population But we can t serve the API population without serving everyone else since conflicts aren t just with other individuals who are API A few blocks from us is a day laborer center We have an intake clinic there and take cases from the day laborers Our peer mediation program has mostly been located in South Los Angeles and we ve mostly served Latino and African American youth We ve built our reputation on serving these youth who are not Asian Although I wish we served more API youth I am proud that we can go into a school that is pre dominantly African American and Latino and be able to propose our program to them without thinking I m in the wrong place I am in the right place at the right time and will be able to prove it to them I wish everyone could spend a week in my shoes and see the wonder that is Los Angeles From serving a Korean senior that gives our young Korean mediators a hard time about their case to the Chinese family that is trying to deal with their debt problems to the African American family dealing with their housing issues to the Latino youth that is trying to survive in school by standing up for himself because not fighting would ruin his reputation we serve diverse populations with the same universal problems surviving life If you d like to see diversity firsthand you re welcome to come visit my organization in Los Angeles I ll keep a light on for ya Discussion Prompts Organizations How has diversity been addressed in your organization How have you worked to ensure diversity among your mediators How have you worked to ensure diversity among your clients Date January 25 2012 Facilitator Malcolm D White Topic Intro As a minority professional my concern is that we are no longer sensitive to the benefits of balanced representation at the table of decision makers when making decisions related to developing access to ADR Discussion Prompts Organizations What is the cultural

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  • The Community Mediator: Press Release and Open Letter for NY CDRCs
    upon code enforcement to encourage neighborly conduct These programs engage the state s workforce enhancing its conflict competence and reducing tension induced productivity losses such as absenteeism Through their work rebuilding relationships relieving tensions and realizing positive outcomes to anxiety and stress laden situations conflict related health care costs are also contained Indeed the accumulated and cascading financial savings achieved through CDRCs constructive conflict engagement are substantial and a necessary component of both near and long term judicial and broader state budgeting Unfortunately despite these many contributions toward access to justice economic impact and quality of life New York s CDRCs very survivability is in great peril Contained within the Court s Fiscal Year 2012 2013 Itemized Estimates of the Financial Needs of the Judiciary December 01 2011 is the continuance of harmful reductions to the judiciary s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Court Improvement Program First enacted during Fiscal Year 2011 2012 these continued ablations promise to further diminish New Yorkers access to justice generating various unintended consequences contravening the aforementioned benefits and further challenging the judiciary to take an even greater role in conflicts far beyond its preferred and qualified purview Comprising some of the State s most accomplished mediation professionals CDRC administrators acknowledge the need to balance varying legitimate interests during this necessary time of heightened fiscal responsibility Uniquely equipped for such discussions I strongly encourage you and your colleagues to seek out the wisdom represented in these accessible professional and pragmatic peacemakers Their specialized knowledge of collaborative processes and exemplary skills in both facilitating difficult discussions and negotiating creative resolutions from narrow opportunity would surely benefit the Judiciary s solemnly tasked leadership Through direct contact with these judicial partners and a deeper appreciation for their critical contributions I am confident a revised yet prudent fiscal allocation commensurate with the ADR Program s impact could be achieved To expedite your ability to engage the citizens mediators please review the State s complete list of CDRCs currently serving New York in all of its 62 counties http www nycourts gov ip adr cdrc shtml Of course your own trusted advisors within the judiciary s Office of ADR and Court Improvement may also speak to the exceptional compelling work performed by these centers Whether through their skilled assistance or judicial reliance upon visioned action I strongly encourage you to restore New York s laudable historic support for critical community dispute resolution services Your decision to retain judicial and financial support for community mediation is an unequivocal endorsement of greater access to justice the constructive resolution of conflict and the pursuit toward increasingly peaceful New York communities In these trying times your support of CDRCs is desperately needed and supremely appreciated by the countless citizens benefiting from these programs many irreplaceable services Thank you for your considered attention to this important matter Justice Lippman If there is any additional information or support I may lend to further inform your important decision making please feel to contact me directly I also encourage

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  • The Community Mediator: D+I Week 1: Celebrating Our Progress
    and serve new populations Share an example of how your diverse volunteer roster has lent credibility or perceived efficacy to your program Are there other examples of how your D I focus has made an impact on your organization Individuals How has mediator diversity made a positive impact within a mediation session Does your personal diversity as a program staff or Board member influence organizational decisions Are there other examples of how community mediation s D I focus has made a positive impact on you as a administrator practitioner Date Friday 2012 01 20 Facilitator Clay Fong Topic Institutionalizing Inclusion Organizational Accomplishments Intro How best to define organizational accomplishments pertaining to diversity and inclusion in a community mediation context Is it enough to say that we have a certain number of staff and volunteers that represent a certain category of gender race or religious belief to name a few key categories Or does this smack of tokenism I would suggest that there is a very real risk of just doing things by the numbers and it reminds of an experience I had in the mid 90s as a budding mediator I was invited to be a restorative justice community member in a case involving an Asian family that recently immigrated to the United States I pointed out to the program staff that I might not be the ideal person Although my family origins are Asian the clients were of a completely different culture and nationality Also I m fourth generation on my Dad s side so I didn t feel that I could adequately speak to their experiences and I didn t want to be the privileged guy telling them what s what an oversimplification but I think folks get the point I did the best I could in that case as a community but I felt I was sometimes at odds with facilitators Thus begun my exploration of these issues Fifteen years later my responsibilities as a program manager have led me to explore issues of diversity and inclusion Our program has a diverse base of staff and volunteers but the number of volunteers who are of color or speak a language other than English shouldn t be the end point in weighing our accomplishments Perhaps the measure should be more of whether a program s mediators can understand the cultural distinctions that come into play when working with a client from Chile in dispute with a client from Mexico Or whether there s enough cultural sensitivity to address a client s declaration that they don t like people of the majority culture When I was tapped as a community member a long time ago I think that program had not accomplished that level of sensitivity and awareness although they were certainly able to point to having minority volunteers and clients Of course proactive outreach is another key part of organizational accomplishment We ve worked on building relationships with the City s Human Relations Commission and Office of Human

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  • The Community Mediator: Conflict Resolution Education Activity Calendar
    and recognition of the important work done every day by educators and youth leaders who plant seeds of knowledge and skills essential to a civil society and a peaceful just world Designed as a supplement to any curriculum or professional development program the calendar is chockfull of ideas activities web resources featured dates inspirational quotes poetry and powerful images all chosen to make the integration of conflict resolution education easy all chosen to make conflict resolution everyone s healthy habit more To adorn your own walls and enhance your classrooms conflict competence order a physical copy of the calendar today You can really share the love by placing a bulk order 30 for an entire school or district Many thanks to the ACR Education Section and Conflict Resolution Day Committee CREducation org and the JAMS Foundation for making this wonderful resource so accessible to teachers youth program administrators and the youngsters they serve In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 12 34 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels ACR Calendar Conflict Resolution Education JAMS Foundation NAFCM Peer Mediation No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About NAFCM In communities around the globe programs and volunteers share their expertise to help others constructively engage transform and resolve conflict NAFCM supports these peacemakers by aggregating their wisdom amplifying their voice and advancing their critical work There was an error in this gadget Community Mediation Quick Links Conflict Help Center Lend a Hand Membership Discussion Groups Get Social Updates Contact Us NAFCM s Social Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Groups ADRhub Search NAFCM s Blog Loading Subscribe To NAFCM Posts Atom Posts Comments Atom Comments Follow by Email Total Pageviews Blog Archive 2013

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