The Association for Conflict Resolution
of Greater New York
The CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College
NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfast
RACE MATTERS IN ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND TRANSFORMATIVE PRACTICES
In light of how much race matters in our culturally diverse society, what do we need to know in order for our work in alternative dispute/transformation to best serve our clients? When we unpack the concept of “race”, we find factors such as cultural intelligence, diversity within identity groups, special knowledge and more. Many of the clients we serve are racially different from ourselves, creating a pressing need to understand the obvious and subtle ways in which race in all its dimensions plays a role. This session will explore innovative ways to engage and learn from the communities most affected and least consulted about how race matters.
SY Bowland is an educator/trainer, organizer, and practitioner in areas of alternative dispute resolution/transformation and restorative practices. She is a Co-Founder of Practitioners Research and Scholarship Institute (PRASI: www.prasi.org) which is a collaboration of diverse people in the world of alternative dispute resolution/ transformation devoted to addressing the needs of people of color and others who are conventionally overlooked. She is a past leader of The National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution; Co-edited and contributed to an anthology of writings by practitioners in the field of conflict resolution working for social justice. The publication Re-Centering: Culture and Knowledge in Conflict Resolution published by Syracuse University Press, is widely used in the academy. SY has served on the Faculty of Tuskegee University, Columbia College, and Morehouse School of Medicine Family Practice Development program. She is a motivational speaker, facilitator and organizer. SY received her BA at Colgate University and JD at George Washington University National Law Center. She credits her most valuable education from the streets of Harlem, where she is the organizer of the Manhattanville Writing Project.