This year's theme

Who We Are: Taking a Fresh Look at Conflict Resolution in Minnesota

Event Date:  May 10th, 2019
Start Time: 8:15 am
End Time: 4:30 pm
Metropolitan State University
New Main Building
700 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106

Parking is available at the main Parking Ramp at 400 Maria Avenue, St. Paul, 55106 just across Maria Avenue from the New Main building where the conference is held. Vouchers for FREE Parking may be requested at the check-in table on an as-needed basis. A campus map is attached below.

Conference Registration/Check-in starts at 8:15 is located in the New Main building located across Maria Avenue between 6th and 7th Street. The Address is 700 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106. Signs will direct you from the parking ramp.

A light Breakfast will start at 8:15am followed by a full Lunch and afternoon snacks. Water, Coffee and Tea will be available throughout the day. All refreshments are included. You may even choose to sit outside.

We are providing some handouts electronically on our website. Feel free to print them or bring your electronic device to view them in the session.

Wifi is available by selecting “Metro_Guest,” opening a browser and “Agreeing to the Terms.”
Continuing Education Credits: We will be applying for 6 Standard CLE, 1.5 Ethics CLE, 1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE, 6 Rule 114 credits and 6 CEUs applied for to the Minnesota State Board of Social Work.

Our Theme:
Who We Are: Taking a Fresh Look at Conflict Resolution in Minnesota
This year we are taking a fresh look at the field of Conflict Resolution in Minnesota. At the conference we will be exploring and redefining the relationship between conflict resolution and equity. This year’s keynote speaker and first annual practitioner panel will share insights from their unique and diverse perspectives. Workshops will provide opportunities for participants to explore the theme as it relates to their context.

Our Objectives:
*Explore our abundant diversity of practice and people.
*Create collaborative relationships to effect equitable interpersonal and systemic change.
*Reflect on how our personal identities intersect with our professional ethics and bias.

Keynote Speaker

Lissa Jones: Executive Leader, KMOJ Radio and Podcast Host.

Lissa hosts “Urban Agenda”, a celebrated Twin Cities forum for dismantling race and racism, for creating community connections and engaging in collaborative problem solving. She is focused on helping organizations to cultivate diverse leadership through modeling and coaching, to strengthen governance as an integral element in meeting mission, and to develop tangible practices for making EQUITY a VERB!

In her words: “Organizational Behavior is a field of study that investigates the impact that individuals, groups and structure have on behavior within an organization. It is the study and application of knowledge about how people act within organizations. It is a human tool for human benefit.

In my case, at work and on radio, I investigate the impact that beliefs and values held around ‘race’, place, class, identity, orientation, gender, faith, and occupation (vocation) impact the behavior of individuals, groups and structures within organizations.

This is equity: just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Unlocking the promise of the nation by unleashing the promise in us all.” Lissa Jones

Workshop Sessions Include:

Understanding the Intersection of Trauma and Restorative Practices – Tamara Mattison & Crixell Shell

Don’t Let the Jerks Get You Down – Chad Snyder

Mediation for Seniors and their Families During Transitions – Amy Miller

Beyond Certification:  Competency–based Professional Mediation Credentialing – Marilyn McKnight & Stephen Erickson

Strategic Collaboration and Engagement is Transforming Local Government -Pamela Whitmore & Dave Bartholomay 

Storytelling: Peace Literacy for Young Children and Mentors – Julie Penshorn & Louisa Hext

Responding to Conflict in Minnesota with Listening for Action Sessions – Sarah McVicar & Robin Johnson

Resolving Conflict Within–From Individual Passion to Collective Action – Stevan Jackson, Patrick Seka, & Juriad Hughes

Understanding Diversity to Achieve Mediation Equity – Calandra Revering & Ishmael Israel

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity: Considerations for Conflict Resolution – Regina Seabrook & Paula O’Laughlin

Exploring West African and Civil Rights Roots of Community Mediation – Ahmed Sirleaf & Christopher Mendez

And Other Sessions by:

Antionette Vacca & Mike Gregory

Jeannie Zimmer & Cynthia Prosek

Sheila Dokken, Marius Massie, & Troy Homstad

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