2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Cirleen DeBlaere
Intersectionality Theory and Cultural Humility: Applications to Conflict
Dr. Cirleen DeBlaere examines the experiences of individuals with multiple and intersecting marginalized identities, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of women of color and sexual minority people of color. To date, her work has focused on the links of minority stressors (e.g., discrimination, prejudice, stigma) to mental health. She also investigates potential moderating and mediating variables in the minority stress-mental health relation to identify points of intervention and inform the development of mental health-promoting strategies for multiply marginalized individuals. Her research has been published in premier journals in her field, such as the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist and Psychology of Women Quarterly. Dr. DeBlaere’s work has also been recognized with several national awards including the 2011 TCP Major Contribution Award (APA, Society of Counseling Psychology), the 2012 Research on Psychotherapy with Women Award (APA, Society for the Psychology of Women), and the 2012 Women of Color Psychologies Award (Association for Women in Psychology). Finally, Dr. DeBlaere is invested in teaching and service activities that manifest her investment in diversity and social justice issues. For instance, she serves as the co-chair of the Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity for the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (APA) and was selected to participate in the inaugural 2012 Society of Counseling Psychology Leadership Academy.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! A Full-Day Workshop with Chris Crass
Experience the Magic! Integrating Story Circles into Your Practice
Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback from last year’s Conflict Resolution Symposium, we are excited to have Chris Crass back again to do a full-day session on Integrating Story Circles and Popular Education into Your Practice.
In this workshop, Chris will give you a look behind the scenes of his work for racial justice. He will train you in the theory, pedagogical approach, and methodology behind story circles and popular education, lead you through an experiential circle process, and support you in developing strategies for integrating story circles and popular education into your own conflict resolution and community building work.
Chris Crass is a longtime organizer, educator, and writer working to build powerful working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation. He is a one of the leading voices in the country calling for and supporting white people to work for racial justice. Chris gives talks and leads workshops on campuses and with communities and congregations around the U.S. and world, to help support justice efforts. Chris is the author of two books. His latest, Towards the “Other America:” Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter, a call to action to end white silence and a manual on how to do it. His other book, Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy, draws from his nearly 30 years as an organizer and educator and offers a firsthand look at the challenges and opportunities of anti-racist work in white communities, feminist work with men, and bringing women of color feminism into the heart of social justice. Chris’ essays have been translated into half a dozen languages, taught in hundreds of classrooms, and included in over a dozen anthologies. Chris co-founded the anti-racist movement building center, the Catalyst Project, which combines political education and organizing support to develop and support anti-racist politics, leadership, and organizing in white communities and builds dynamic multiracial alliances locally and nationally. Through Catalyst Project, where he was the co-director for more than a decade, he worked with tens of thousands of activists working on a wide range of issues in their communities and on their campuses. He joined with white anti-racist leaders around the country to help launch the national anti-racist network Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), which works in white communities for racial justice. Rooted in his Unitarian Universalist faith he works with congregations, seminaries, and religious and spiritual leaders to build up the Religious Left.
He lives in Louisville, KY with his partner, and their two kids.
Convening Session: “Building a Conflict Management and Peacebuilding Community in Atlanta”
Metro Atlanta is a multicultural, global destination with a rich history in conflict management, civil rights, and global social justice. The business, nonprofit, governmental, and educational capacity of our region is comparable to anywhere else in the country, so the question is – why aren’t we more well recognized for our strengths? Andrew Young, a former UN Ambassador and mayor of Atlanta, said, “The home of Coca-Cola, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Carter Center has a century of experience in conflict resolution of every type. Coming to Atlanta the world can not only discuss issues but experience the result of diverse groups and opinions living and thriving beyond conflict.” We would like to take Ambassador Young’s challenge and convene a group of academics and practitioners to a build a community interested in these issues. Join us in a discussion of “who’s doing what” to seek collaborators, colleagues, and capacity for your projects, facilitated by Dr. Sherrill Hayes of Kennesaw State University.
Workshop: “Transformative Mediation: Beyond Problem Solving to Mending Relationships”
This presentation will focus on the skills utilized for transformative mediation as well as the advantages of transformative mediation. Those skills include knowing yourself, assessing your comfort with conflict, enhancing your abilities to listen and observe, and developing empathy and compassion in your work. The advantages of transformative mediation are that it provides a long lasting framework for healing relationships rather than a short term resolution of a problem, it increases understanding and it empowers individuals to resolve differences which may arise in the future. Included in the presentation will be exercises in mindfulness, reframing, and creating a space for peace.
Dr. Mary Lou Frank is a licensed psychologist. Her Ph.D. and M.S.in Psychology are from Colorado State University. She completed Advanced Negotiations for Executives at Harvard University and had training at Brenau University and Georgia State University. She served as a mediator for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, is on the board of directors for the International Academy for Dispute Resolution, is a state approved neutral for the courts in Georgia, and is co-founder of the consulting group, Transforming Mediation. She is a Fellow at the Institute for Higher Education at the University of Georgia, and teaches at Brenau and Middle Georgia State Universities. She has been as professor, department chair, dean, and vice president as well as consultant and speaker nationally and internationally on mediation, civility, diversity, ethics, and leadership. She received the Distinguished Provider Award in Counseling and has been the recipient of grants and awards in leadership, teaching, diversity, and community service. Dr. Frank served as the president of the Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education and currently is the president of the Georgia Women’s Institute, board member of the International Women’s Think Tank, and the Possible Woman Foundation International.
Kenneth Frank holds a J.D. in law from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Columbia College. He is the director of the undergraduate degree program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Studies at Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia. He has received the Ann Austin Johnston Outstanding Faculty Award from Brenau University as well as the 2015 Mediation Coach of the Year Award from the International Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR). He is chair of the International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament Board, on the Board of Directors for INADR and is currently serving as Vice President for Education, USA for that group. In addition, he has been a trainer/consultant for many organizations on the topics of conflict resolution, mediation and civility. Mr. Frank has been involved in mediation for many years and has taken collegiate mediation teams to tournaments since the competitions began in 2000. He is also a co-founder of the consulting group, Transforming Mediation and is a registered neutral with the State of Georgia.
Workshop: Collaborative Behavioral Consultation & Conflict Management: Parents, Schools, and Peers
Research shows that negative behaviors in children can cause conflicted relationships with and between parents and exacerbate already strained relationships with peers and teachers. This interdisciplinary workshop will include an introduction as well as hands-on experiential training elements to demonstrate how conflict can be managed by simple behavioral changes. Awareness of new developments and the expanded body of knowledge in state-of-the-art treatment for mental health problems in children and adolescents is a must for professionals and community members alike. This workshop will feature some of the state-of-the-art interventions for mental health problems in children that are offered at the Children and Family Programs (CFP) at the Center for Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University (childrenandfamilyprograms.org). Participants (including Conflict Management Practitioners, clinical and school psychologists, graduate/post-graduate students, psychiatrists, educators, social workers, counselors, school & mental health administrator) will learn the key tools of evidence-based techniques, including strategies taught to parents and used in prevention programs for a range of disruptive behaviors. While this approach comes out of the field of psychology, Dr. Garefino will highlight how these simple tools and techniques can easily be applied and modified to work across virtually all settings and age groups. Attendees will practice techniques for training children in Cooperation, Communication, Participation, and Validation in the context of a Social Skills Intervention Program. This program is offered by the CFP and used with children diagnosed with childhood mental health problems such as ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD). The strategies presented and practiced can be applied across multiple settings to lower conflict and increase compliance.
Dr. Garefino is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and earned her Ph.D. in clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Part-Time Assistant Professor in the psychology department of Kennesaw State University, and the recipient of their Part-Time Distinguished Teaching Award three years in a row. She is also the 2017 recipient of the Part-Time Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her mentor Dr. William Pelham, Jr. developed a state of the art Summer Treatment Program (STP) for children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD. Dr. Garefino served as the Clinical Director of the STP at the Center for Children and Families in Buffalo. She has also led many parenting strategies workshops, and helped develop and implement school-wide behavioral interventions. She is now the Clinical Director of the Children and Family Programs (CFP) at the Center for Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University. Her clinical and research interests include increasing the dissemination and effectiveness of behavioral interventions for the treatment of the disruptive behavior disorders across multiple settings. Therefore, the CFP offers services for: children and families at risk for academic, social and behavioral problems; Impairments often associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder; Prevention efforts; Individual parent training; Group based parent training; Social Skills training; Preventative evidenced based disciplinary strategies and proactive academic supports. The CFP also offers undergraduates internship opportunities.
TRANScend: A Round Table Discussion
In this discussion, facilitated by Olivia Calvin, participants in the exhibited TRANScend Photovoice project and in Listening Sessions facilitated by the GSU Office of the Ombudsperson will share their experiences with both projects as community-building and conflict engagement approaches. The conversation is then expanded to include discussions of issues affecting trans, gender-fluid, and gender non-conforming individuals in Metro Atlanta and nationwide, particularly considering the current political climate. All are welcome and encouraged to join the dialogue!
Olivia Calvin, MA, is a part-time instructor at Georgia State University and a doctoral student at Emory University. She is currently teaching Drugs, Behavior, and Society and Behavior Modification. In 2012, she earned a M.A. in clinical psychology at Emory University. Her B.S. degree was earned at Pennsylvania State University in biobehavioral health with a minor in neuroscience. Olivia, also, served in the United States Army Reserve from 2003 to 2010 as a Sergeant and served one tour in Iraq.
Currently, her research focuses on modelling human and animal behavior in computer simulations. Her doctoral dissertation is currently in progress, and examines whether a new model based on Edelman’s theory of neural Darwinism is consistent with human behavior. Olivia has first authored 2 publications and been a coauthor on 5. To conduct research, she writes computer simulations, performs behavioral experiments with adults, and analyzes behavior using complex statistics.
CRS 2017 Panel 1: “Civility and Social Justice: Strategies for Respecting Differences”
As the political and social climate continues to become increasingly polarized, we have recently seen increased targeting of vulnerable populations through violent speech and action. This panel will provide an opportunity to examine the important role that civility plays in engaging across differences, promoting safety for vulnerable groups, and protecting civil and human rights. Panelists will introduce real-world tools for championing a more civil, respectful society, including strategies individuals can use to provide meaningful, supportive action in their own communities.
Each panelist will speak for 10 minutes before the discussion is opened to the audience.
Rengin Firat is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Sociology. A sociologist by training, her research focuses on the social psychological mechanisms underlying inter-group conflict and civic behavior, with a particular emphasis on group identities, ethnic cognition and moral values. She combines social scientific survey methodologies with neurological experimental techniques in her studies. Dr. Firat’s research has been published in avenues like Social Science Research, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Social and Political Psychology and Advances in Group Processes and has received funding from the Social Science Research Council and the U.S. Department of Defense. She is also an associate researcher at the Laboratory for Comparative Social Science Research at National Research University Higher School of Economics in Russian Federation since 2014.
Cortez Wright joined SCHR in May 2016 as the Development Associate. Cortez supports all aspects of SCHR’s fundraising, social media strategy, and volunteer program. Before joining SCHR, Cortez worked as the Digital Communications & Development Coordinator of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, a reproductive justice organization working to build new leadership, change culture, and advance knowledge in Georgia and the South to ensure individuals and communities have resources and power to make sustainable and liberatory decisions about their bodies, genders, sexualities, and lives. They possess over five years of non-profit communications and development experience working at the intersection of queer & trans liberation and reproductive justice in the South. They’ve worked on and assisted in crafting fundraising and communications strategies around a variety of issues, including, but not limited to, anti-shackling and the criminalization of Black mothers, abortion access and stigma, reproductive coercion, pop-culture and media representation of Queer & Trans youth of color. Cortez is a 2015 alum of the New Organizing Institute’s (Wellstone Camp) Digital BootCamp and a Ms. Foundation Public Voices Fellow through The OpEd Project.
Bethany Stevens, MA, JD, is a wheelchair using queer doctoral student in Sociology at Georgia State University (GSU) specializing in sexuality and the life-course infused with critical disability studies and phenomenological analysis. As a passionate lecturer and workshop facilitator, she has given invited talks internationally with a focus on the politics of pleasure and other intersectional sexual health issues of disabled people. One of her passions, developed while working in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is working to train peer educators to prevent sexual violence using protective measures, such as teaching sexual health and bystander intervention. Within her years of teaching at Morehouse school of Medicine (MSM), GSU, San Francisco State University and Widener University, pedagogy is vibrantly engaged to work to manifest the transformative space of learning. She maintains a blog, cripconfessions.com, which analyzes contemporary issues related to disability and other marginalized identities to call for coalition building. Stevens’ work has been published in several peer-reviewed venues including the American Bar Association Human Rights Magazine, Disability Studies Quarterly, Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, Journal of Psychiatry and Law, and UNICEF’s 2006 Annual Report. Stevens is a member of the inaugural class of Center of Excellence for Sexual Scholars program at MSM, working under the 16th Surgeon General of the United States Dr. David Satcher (author of the Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior, 2001). From 2009 to 2013, she was a policy analyst and faculty member in the School of Public Health at GSU. In 2013 and 2014, Stevens was the co-chair of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists Annual Conference. Stevens has dedicated her life to promoting sexual and disability justice through scholarship and advocacy. Dialogue with her on Twitter @disaBethany and on her blog at cripconfessions.com.
Simone Bell is the Southern Regional Director for Lambda Legal, the nation’s largest legal organization dedicated to securing the full civil rights of the LGBT community and those with HIV. She is responsible for expanding Lambda Legal’s organizational reach in 10 states with a focus on public policy, development, communication and outreach. After winning a special election in 2009, Bell became the first Black, out lesbian to serve in a state legislature in the United States, serving in Georgia from 2009 until 2015. She served on the following committees: Juvenile Justice, State Planning and Community Affairs, Human Relations and Aging, and Intragovernmental Coordination. These committees allowed her to work as a strong advocate for seniors, children and communities within District 58 and across Georgia. Bell served in several leadership positions within the legislature including Chief Deputy Whip. Bell previously worked at Lambda Legal from 2006 to 2009 as the Southern Regional Office Outreach Associate and Volunteer Manager, in which she traveled across Georgia and the South educating communities about the need for access to affordable and quality health care, workplace equality, safe schools for all children and fighting HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination. She also mobilized the LGBTQ community to work towards securing rights and policies that set standards for full equality and civil rights. Bell worked in health care as an administrator with Emory University Health System and private physician practices and she also worked with the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative. She’s been a strong advocate for women’s rights, affordable housing, senior issues and youth empowerment for over 20 years. Bell holds a B.A. from Agnes Scott College. She has received numerous awards for her work in community building, advocacy and organizing. She is a sought-after lecturer and presenter at colleges and conferences.
Shana Tabak specializes in Human Rights, Immigration and Refugee Law, International Law, and Gender. Her research explores transitional justice, gender and conflict, migrant detention, and reproductive justice. Tabak is affiliated with Emory University Law School and Georgia State University’s Global Studies Institute. Previously, she directed human rights and immigration litigation at the International Human Rights Law Clinic at American University, Washington College of Law, and at George Washington University Law School. She served as a law clerk for H.E. Bernardo Sepulveda Amor at the International Court of Justice at The Hague in the Netherlands.
CRS 2017 Panel 2: “Best Practices and Lessons Learned: Innovative Approaches to Community-Building”
This goal of this panel is to share experiences and exchange ideas. Each panelist will have 10 minutes to describe their creative approaches to community-building by providing concrete examples, presenting results, and sharing best practices. Panelists are encouraged to use photographs, videos, or other media to tangibly illustrate their innovative approaches.
After the individual presentations, the panelists and audience will have the opportunity to engage, elaborating on the approaches presented and discussing new ideas.
Vanja Pantic-Oflazoglu works at Welcoming America, a non-profit organization that is leading a movement to make communities more inclusive and welcoming to all. Before joining Welcoming America, Vanja worked as a Consultant in Istanbul, where she contributed to projects aimed at evaluating migrants’ labor rights as well as refugees’ rights and livelihoods in Turkey. Previously, she also spent a year in Turkey as a Fulbright scholar conducting research on how to promote social inclusion programs for rural-to-urban women migrants. Before turning her professional focus to the topic of migration, Vanja worked with the Post-Conflict Research Center to promote peace-building in the Balkans and with Geneva for Human Rights to assist in monitoring global human rights standards. She is passionate about promoting the social inclusion of migrants and refugees, safeguarding human rights, and advancing women’s rights worldwide.
Dr. Imani Ma’at is a an Acclaimed Author, Motivational Speaker, and Award-Winning Health Educator with 22 years of experience at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as Health Scientist & Program Director. She is also the creator of Healthy Haiku Workshops, which she offers to inmates as part of the Options for Living and Learning Program. Her Workshops are based on her scientifically evaluated and award-winning curriculum that infuses poetry and the arts in health education. Her workshops also grew out of her Teen Theater Group (YES 4 Health, Inc.) and through working with mentors, youth and women’s organizations over the last 12 years. During workshops, participants learn about nutrition and other health issues and most importantly how to create powerful lives and environments. As a Certified Hydration Specialist, Dr. Ma’at has been teaching people about the importance of bio-available alkaline water for many years. She has earned degrees from Mount Holyoke College, M.I.T., Harvard University and Teacher’s College of Columbia U.
Jesse Pratt Lopez is an Atlanta-based photographer, born in Cali, Colombia, and raised in Las Vegas Nevada. Her background and travels around the world have shaped her into the socially conscious, culturally aware, and intellectually curious photographer that she is today. Her main interests involve documenting stories that resonate with her, either as a minority or as a reflection of her struggles in another minority group. She hopes to give a voice to the marginalized and erased. Her other interests include a more “fine-art” exploration of themes that are important to her, such as her exploration of trans fetishization and objectification. Jesse has work exhibited at the Savannah College of Art & Design and has been published in Atlantic Magazine, The Hechinger Report, and The Guardian.
Satyam Barakoti, Georgia Director
Satyam brings over 18 years of experience facilitating community dialogue on bringing diverse groups of interests and people to build coalitions. She has facilitated refugee women’s groups to create local campaigns and be a part of national women’s rights agenda. She has organized immigrant and refugee communities to create a media campaign to respond to the anti-immigrant media coverage and to put stories that highlight strengths that immigrant and refugee communities bring. She is an entrepreneur who established a non-profit consulting firm that provides fundraising and development services to community based non-profits. She brings years of experience working with women, immigrant and refugee communities, underserved urban and rural communities. Her past experiences include working at Refugee Women’s Network, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Legal Momentum, Asian and Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVRP) in Washington D.C., Janakpur Women’s Development Center (JWDC) and Women’s Foundation of Nepal. Her volunteer community involvement have been at facilitator for Men Stopping Violence’s Because We Have Daughters Campaign, Board Member at Raksha, volunteer fundraiser with United 4 safety and lead organizer of college prep. program at the Clarkston Community Center for refugee and immigrant youth. Satyam has a M.A. in International Development from American University, B.A from University of Maine in Interdisciplinary Studies on Political Science, Sociology and Women Studies and a B.Sc. in Home Science from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in Anantapur in India. Satyam is an immigrant to the United States from Nepal.
Dr. Sherrill Hayes (Ph.D., Newcastle University; M.S. & B.S. University of North Carolina at Greensboro) areas of teaching, research, and practice include: family, community, and organizational dispute resolution; program design and evaluation; refugee resettlement; and children’s development in cultural contexts. His recent scholarship has focused primarily on the impact of resettlement for refugee and migrant children, resilience, and reconciliation. His recent graduate teaching has included: Conflict Theory; Advanced International Mediation; Humanitarian Crisis Intervention; Dispute Systems Design; International Field Experience; and Conflict Management in Specified Environments. Dr. Hayes has mediated family and civil cases in the UK (2000-2003), North Carolina (2004-2012), and Georgia (2014-present). From 2006-2012, Dr. Hayes was an Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he notably co-created and evaluated the Greensboro Landlord Tenant Dispute Program, a partnership with the City of Greensboro Human Relations Department. His community work also encompassed working with integration of refugee children into schools and intercultural dialogues with refugee community leaders. In 2012, he moved to Kennesaw State University, where he has since served as Director of the Master of Science in Conflict Management (MSCM) Program and in 2016 became one of the founding members of the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, & Development. He has provided trainings, workshops, and led study abroad experiences in places such as Haiti, Ireland, Ghana, Germany, and the UK., In 2014, Dr. Hayes expanded his work into the area of family owned businesses, serving as a conflict management specialist at the Cox Family Enterprise Center’s Family Business Clinic TM collaborating with colleagues to take an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the complex needs of multi-generational family enterprises. Dr. Hayes is a registered Neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution in Civil and Domestic Mediation, , a volunteer arbitrator with Better Business Bureau, on the Advisory Board and a program evaluator for Clarkston Families Decide, a member of the KSU Community Emergency Response (CERT) team, and is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster 2016-2021 for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies.
Jonathan J. Orr, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS
Dr. Orr is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University. He is a licensed professional counselor (GA 004277), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC #77048) and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS # 2419). He has been on faculty at GSU since 2005 and his teaching, research, and clinical interests include: group work, social justice, supervision, mindfulness, multicultural counseling, theory development, and professional counselor identity. In addition to his work at Georgia State University, Dr. Orr maintains an active private practice in Decatur where he provides counseling and services for individuals, couples, groups and families. Dr. Orr has served in several leadership positions in the counseling profession including the President for the Association for Specialist in Group Work and American Counseling Association Governing Council.
Corey D. Givens, J.D., holds a Juris Doctor from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. He is a registered neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, certified in General Civil Mediation. Corey serves as the Interim Coordinator of Student Conduct in the Office of the Dean of Students at Georgia State University. In this role, he adjudicates student conduct matters, interprets and administers the Georgia State University Student Code of Conduct and oversees other student conduct processes. A passionate learner, Corey is currently pursuing a Master’s of Education degree in Higher Education Administration at Georgia Southern University. Corey’s research interests include social justice, race and sexuality in higher education, and the intersection of law and education.