This two-day Institute explores issues of social justice, examining how structural and cultural mechanisms perpetuate privilege and disenfranchisement through institutions in society as well as through individuals. The format for the workshop includes brief lectures, small and large group discussions, and interactive activities. The workshop seeks to further learning and engagement between faculty and staff on social justice issues. All participants are welcome, whether it is your first workshop on this topic or you are highly experienced in this arena.
OCDC chose the dates of this workshop as a community service to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. We very much hope that we would aspire to make this event as a yearly program in his honor.
Deepika Marya is Associate Professor of Postcolonial Theory and Literature in the Department of English at the University of Southern Maine. A dispute resolution trainer since 1997, Deepika introduced critical theory to the field of mediation and integrates conflict resolution theory with multicultural approaches to conflict. She has trained at dozens of public and private educational institutions and organizations across the U.S. and provides consultation services for the development and implementation of peer mediation programs. She is a lead trainer at the Social Justice Mediation Institute.
Leah Wing is a member of the Legal Studies Program faculty at the U. of MA/Amherst where her research and teaching applies Critical Race theory to mediation and reconciliation in colonized and postcolonial societies. Since 1985, Leah has been a mediator and trainer for educational institutions, government agencies, and non-profits. She served on the Association of Conflict Resolution Board of Directors (2002-6), is on the Conflict Resolution Quarterly editorial board (2002- present), is a member of Healing Through Remembering/Belfast, is co-director of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, and is founding director of the Social Justice Mediation Institute.
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