Monday, December 21, 2015
Portland: a Mediators & Artists weekend
Since graduating I have begun to combine my artist and mediation skills...
Lucky, in November I was able to attend both the
The First Night:
I celebrated my 46th birthday with some of my dearest friends.
Thank you to Brianna, Taylor, Katie & Cyan
Who knew so many candles could fit on one cake
What a gala evening with my dear friend Marilyn Joyce!
The Sitka Center's mission is to expand the
relationships between art, nature and humanity.
This spectacular exhibit and sale brings together more than 140 artists.
It was a great way to celebrate so many amazing artist.
Very much like my own mission I am trying to expand the
relationships between art, conflict resolution and peace building.
While in Portland I hung out with one of my
favorite fellas, Little Jack.
Then onto the Oregon Mediators Association Conference...
The keynote speaker was, Maria R. Volpe, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice - City University of New York, and Director of the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center, a university-wide center focusing on dispute resolution research and innovative program development.
This year's conference also had an incredible panel of national, state and local leaders facilitated by
Dr. Maria R. Volpe, Ph.D
The panel included:
Ronault (Polo) LS Catalani - Attorney & Consultant, NWCommunities Counsel, Program Coordinator of New Portlander Program, the City of Portland' Immigrant and Refugee program.
Mdme. Therese Lugano - aka "Mamma Therese" works as a Community Organizer and Community health Worker, with refugees and immigrants from Central Africa at IRCO/Africa House in Pdx.
John Inglish - Education Program Specialist with the Oregon Department of Education. John also served as a research associate and director of Technical Assistance and Consulting Services -- an outreach unit housed in the University of Oregon' College of Education.
Carol Zamora- Russo, serves as the Regional Director for the Northwest Region (Oregon, Washington, Idaho & Alaska) of the Community Relations Service (CRD), USDOJ. The Community Relations Service, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, is the federal government's "peacemaker" for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Their conversation and thoughts on mediation, facilitation, dispute resolution and the direction for conflict specialist was hopeful, thoughtful and empowering.
My friends Dulce and Wesley
My mentor Louise Neilson honored with an award
OU Duck Cres Cohort mates new and old
On my way out of Portland I stopped at one of my favorite ephemera stops:
Thanks again for stopping by!