Mediation Day 2013: Managing conflict in a changing world- lessons from Oregon and beyond

Mediators Beyond Borders OSU chapter is hosting a panel presentation and networking luncheon on our Corvallis campus, May 24th from 9:30am-2:00pm (Memorial Union Journey Room).  The theme of this first Mediation Day is “Managing Conflict in a Changing World: Lessons from Oregon and Beyond.”

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We hope to establish Mediation Day as an annual event that builds relationships and our regional capacity for inter-campus, intersectoral collaboration in conflict resolution research and practice.

Panelists include:

  • Carie Fox – Fox Mediation

A former soil scientist and lawyer, Carie has a private mediation and facilitation practice in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in public policy work—usually large, complex, multi-party issues. She also mediates workplace disputes. Carie teaches a graduate class at Portland State University and gives workshops around the country on such topics as collaborative negotiation, humor in conflict resolution, and decision science. In the last few years, Carie has been exploring the frontiers of technology in mediation, trying to involve more people than the usual 30 who can fit around the table.

  • Kevin Grant – Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program Manager

Kevin manages programs and coordinates volunteers in Benton and Linn Counties for Neighbor-to-Neighbor Mediation. Programs include Community mediation (including manufactured home parks), Small Claims mediation, Restorative Justice (including victim-offender mediation), and Youth & Family mediation (aka parent-teenager). In partnership with MBB-OSU, Kevin conducted a 32-hour mediation training to build conflict resolution capacity on the OSU campus in 2012.

  • Tim Hicks- University of Oregon, Director of the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Masters Program

Tim was a mediator in private practice for 14 years before coming to the University of Oregon to direct the Masters program in Conflict & Dispute Resolution. As a mediator, Tim worked in three primary sectors – family and divorce, workplace/organizational, and multi-party, environmental/public policy. He also consulted with and provided training for businesses and organizations in conflict management.

  • Laurel Singer- Portland State University, Oregon Consensus Director,

Laurel directs Oregon Consensus (OC) and manages the National Policy Consensus Center (NPCC) collaborative governance training and internship program. She brings a 16-year history as a mediator, facilitator, and trainer in private practice, with expertise in designing and implementing the most effective process possible to assist an organization, public body, or collection of stakeholders in making decisions and resolving conflicts constructively and collaboratively. Laurel teaches courses in conflict and collaborative governance, and she helped pioneer the first parent-adolescent mediation program in the Northwest.

  • Sue Theiss- Oregon State University Ombudsperson

Sue became the first Oregon State University Ombudsperson in February 2012. She served as a volunteer Ombudsperson at the University of Arizona for eight years while employed as the Department Administrator for Family and Community Medicine. Sue co-chaired Arizona’s Ombuds program before becoming the University of Arkansas’ first Ombudsperson, where she served for over nine years. She holds degrees in Business Administration and Communication, is a professional mediator, and serves as a mentor for the International Ombuds Association.

  • Gregg Walker- Oregon State University & Walker Consulting

Gregg is a professor at Oregon State University. He teaches courses in conflict management, bargaining and negotiation, mediation, international negotiation, natural resources decision making, and peace studies. Off campus, Gregg conducts training programs on collaborative decision making, designs collaborative public participation processes, facilitates collaborative learning community workshops about natural resource and environmental policy issues, and researches community-level collaboration efforts. Gregg serves as an Executive Team Leader for Mediators Beyond Borders’ Climate Change project. He travels to the international Climate Change COP meetings, promotes sustainable conflict resolution capacity, and advocates for the inclusion of mediation into legally binding instruments.

Thanks to generous funding from the OSU Educational Activities Committee, we can provide free registration (including delicious free food) to the first 60 registrants. Registration closes May 15, so please spread the word quickly and register here ASAP if you plan to attend!

If you have any questions, please email MBB-OSU President Miriah Russo Kelly at mediators@oregonstate.edu.

We look forward to seeing you in Corvallis on May 24!

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Conflict Resolution Speaker Series: Aja Decoteau

Yale grad Aja Decoteau will be joining us Monday, 2/27 at 5pm (location: Burt 193) for an informal seminar and discussion of her work with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)! CRITFC is a collaboration between several Columbia Basin tribes working to improve fisheries management. Aja is a young professional and a friend of Kara’s (OSU MBB member), and we look forward to hearing about her experiences!

This event is the third installment of the Conflict Resolution Speaker Series sponsored by Mediators Beyond Borders, OSU Chapter. Previous speakers included Dena Marshall of Marshall Mediation and Robyn Paulekas of the Meridian Institute.