Friday May 13th 8am – 2pm
Extending Grace: Accepting Accountability
Andre Koen is the current president of Conflict Resolution MN (CRM). He and the rest of the board of directors of CRM are planning our annual conference. We are celebrating our 30th anniversary as a non-profit organization and are proud of all the accomplishments we have had throughout the years. This year we have 2 exceptional Keynote Speakers that we are excited to share with you!

8AM - 10AM

8AM: John Choi, Ramsey County attorney General

“Re-Imagining Justice: The Healing Power of Community-Based Accountability”

9AM: Dr Reggie Edwards, City manager of Brooklyn Center, MN

“Forged by Fire – Lessons Learned and Finding a Path Forward in Brooklyn Center”

Also Presenting this year are:

10AM: Kathy J Harowski & Amrita Prakaashana –Diversity Council, Rochester MN

“Becoming a Gracious Host”


Andre Koen – RevoHealth

“Allies, Advocates and Accomplices…Aligning to be Effective”

11AM – Jerome Treadwell

Executive Director of  MN Teen Activists 

“How Are The Children?”


Sandra Moberg-Walls & Linda Freeman of CMRS

“Facilitating Restorative Group Conferences – a space to make it right”

12PM: Dr raj – Metropolitan State University

“Transformation : Working at the Roots”


Louisa Hext – Consultants Hext

“Becoming the Hero of Your Forgiveness Story”

1PM: Saida Omar – CRC St Cloud MN

School Mediation and conflict coaching – “Compassionate Listening”


Brenda Burnside – CEO of “Let’s Circle Up”
Restorative Services LLC

Restorative Justice is Just a Verb:  
Justice is NOT a noun, until it IS a verb. Until then it’s just rhetoric.“

We are hopeful that you will attend our workshops for this conference on the 13th of May, 2022. Your work and the many struggles to hold the criminal justice system accountable and bring a sense of hope and safety for the community are essential lessons for all who are working to address and end conflicts.

The annual conference attracts legal, law enforcement, non-profit agencies to address conflicts, teachers, and other community professionals. We work to help transform the practices of entrenched systems and can bring hope to many who are working in the halls of the criminal justice system and the trenches in our communities. We want people to extend grace, restore humanity and hold systems and actors accountable so that we can heal, practice racial justice and transform and humanize our communities. Our work to engage communities, help undo the knee of injustice and promote engagement and equity will inspire the attendees to extend Grace.

We are hopeful that you will consider accepting our invitation to our annual conference.



This years theme for our conference webinars is:

Sankofa:  Learning From Our Past to Transform Our Future

We launched our 2021 Webinars on February 20th in  honor Black History Month

with Andre Koen and Wayne Felton II

presenting a talk on Black Excellence: From Resilience to Brilliance!

We will also be adding a session on February 27th beginning at 10am with Dr Allison Upshaw, Ph.D and Walidah Staley, M.Ed.  This will be a session filled with diversity education taking on an artful tone a specialty of Dr Upshaw.

Stay tuned for upcoming additions for March through July being finalized soon!


Sankofa: Learning from our past to transform our future


Sankofa symbolizes the Akan people’s quest for knowledge among the Akan with the implication that the quest is based on critical examination, and intelligent and patient investigation. 

A mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward with its head turned backwards is the Sankofa symbol.

Thus, the Akan believe the past serves as a guide for planning the future. To the Akan, it is this wisdom in learning from the past which ensures a strong future.


***Applying for CLEs, standard, ethics, elimination of bias***


May 15 – 10am to Noon

Sankofa: Learning From Our Past to Transform Our Future a Reflection of George Perry Floyd, Jr. and the Derek Chauvin Trial,  A Community Peace Circle Dialogue

Raj & Lindsey circle leaders

Title – Healing the Hurts of Racism – CRM online Community Circle

This event will provide a healing space to be in community with one another and collectively sit in circle

We will be Discussing the following:

  • Peace is the absence of chaos.
  • Police brutality… How do we heal in a state of perpetual trauma?
  •   What does a healing process look like for a community? 
  • What does a healed community look like when there’s continual trauma?


June 12 – Check Your privilege

Speaker – Andre Koen

As mediators attempt to address conflict, it is important to recognize the influence of their  earned  and unearned privilege of the process.  In this session mediators will recognize and define what privilege is. They will examine how to use their privilege in productive ways and acquire the skills of being a fair witness.

July 10 – Neuroscience part two: A Conversation Raj and Lindsey

Linsey and raj will guide us through trauma and healing.  We will incorporate the tools right within the discussion – noticing “pinch” moments for a better understanding of self-awareness,  seeking to connect those feelings with the underlying need, utilizing breathing and centering techniques for when we feel strong emotions, to settle our bodies and re-engage our pre-frontal cortex’s so we can appreciate the connection to neuroscience.  


Aug 14 – 10am to Noon

Speaker is Dr. Robyn Richardson

Sankofa: Learning From Our Past to Transform Our Future a Reflection of Health Disparities in Minority Communities in reference to the Covid- 19 Pandemic, the deaths, the vaccines and the PLAN-DEMIC going forward!

We will discuss the ratio of how many people have passed away, Covid-19 disparities –

Sept 11 – 9/11 20th Anniversary 

Sankofa: Learning From Our Past to Transform Our Future a Reflection of 9/11 the 20th Anniversary.

Speaker TBD

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