2015 Events


The Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York fulfills part of its mission through regular programs relevant to the field. See below for upcoming programs.

Upcoming events open for Registration

    • Tue, December 01, 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street (between Canal and Grand Street) New York, NY 10013

     Happy Holidays


    Join us in celebrating “dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds,” a shared vision between the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and the Association for Conflict Resolution, Greater New York Chapter (ACR-GNY). Socialize and network with friends and colleagues as you enjoy hors d'oeuvres and holiday spirits. This special event includes:

    • A tour of MOCA’s unique collections documenting Chinese life in America.
    • A viewing of Ellis, starring Robert De Niro, a 14 minute haunting film by renowned artist JR that depicts one immigrant’s journey to America in the hopes of starting a better life.
    • A welcome and "meet and greet" with Karen Kithan Yau, Director of Outreach and Capacity Building at the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)

    Free Admission for ACR-GNY Members; $25 for non-members. Register online by clicking here.

    Space is limited; Please RSVP at your earliest convenience.

    Sign-up for ACR-GNY membership to attend the Holiday Event for free and to obtain free or reduced rates at our programming throughout the year, including our Annual Conference. To become a member, complete the application at the following link:

    We look forward to seeing you on December 1st for some holiday cheer!

    • Thu, December 03, 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • John Jay College of Criminal Justice: 899 Tenth Avenue, L61, NYC
    The Association for Conflict Resolution
    of Greater New York
    The CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College


    NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfast



    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: 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. 

Past events

Thu, November 05, 2015 Facilitation of the New York City Stop and Frisk Joint Remedial Process: Progress and Dialogue
Thu, October 01, 2015 Unbearable Lightness of European Mediation: From old Greek Legends to Winnie-the-Pooh
Thu, September 10, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Building Rapport, Building Peace
Thu, August 06, 2015 Mindfulness Stress Reduction and Heartmath for Conflict Resolvers
Thu, July 09, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - The Use of Consensus Building Processes in Public Policy Disputes
Thu, June 18, 2015 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2015
Thu, June 04, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast (Rescheduled) -The Master Practitioner and Leonardo Da Vinci Meta-Cognition, Creativity and Neuroscience
Thu, May 07, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Community Engagement: Urban Complexities, Race and Police Community Relations,
Thu, April 09, 2015 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation by Kay Pranis - Co-sponsored by John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Thu, April 02, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediating Gentrification: Creating Unity out of Divisiveness in one Community
Thu, February 05, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Dismantling Religious Violence through Peacemakers
Thu, January 15, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast -NYPD Hostage Negotiations
Mon, December 15, 2014 ACR-GNY Holiday Party
Thu, December 04, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Debunking ADR Myths
Thu, November 06, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - A Conversation with Wendy Kamenshine, Ombudsman forConsumer Financial Protection Bureau
Tue, October 28, 2014 From Volunteer to Career: How to use your volunteer mediation experience to build a career in ADR
Fri, October 10, 2014 International Arbitration Institute
Thu, October 02, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Making Conflict Work: Harnessing the Power of Disagreement
Thu, September 04, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Restoration, Reconciliation and Healing: Is There Room for Them in America's Criminal Justice System?
Thu, August 07, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Transforming Conflict from Within: Learning to Lead with Wisdom
Thu, July 10, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution
Thu, June 19, 2014 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2014
Thu, June 05, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Innovative Community-Based Responses to Conflict
Tue, May 06, 2014 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation by Jeffrey Zaino, VP of the AAA
Thu, May 01, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Stories Mediators Tell
Thu, April 03, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Disaster Mediation: Storm Sandy Insurance Claim Dispute Resolution Mediation
Thu, March 06, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -
Tue, February 25, 2014 Cross Cultural Issues in International Mediation
Thu, February 06, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Dealing with Differences
Thu, January 09, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Compassionate Communication
Wed, December 11, 2013 Holiday Cocktail & Networking Party for Members
Thu, December 05, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Urban Peacemaking: The Red Hook Community Justice Experience in Brooklyn
Thu, November 07, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Envisioning Alternatives through Peacebuilding and the Arts
Mon, October 21, 2013 ACR-GNY Conference Planning Committee Meeting
Thu, October 03, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Loosening Our Attachment to Possessions
Thu, September 12, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Collaborative Agreements in Police-Community Conflicts
Thu, August 01, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Creating Collaboration in the Work Place
Thu, July 11, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Death, Dying and Conflict Resolution
Thu, June 20, 2013 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2013
Thu, June 06, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Peacemaking After Deadly Conflict
Thu, May 16, 2013 Hands-on Blogging Workshop
Thu, May 02, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediator Ethics: 'no view from nowhere'?
Thu, April 25, 2013 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thu, April 04, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - IDENTIFYING GOOD AND BAD MEDIATION PRACTICE
Thu, February 21, 2013 Join ACR-GNY's Youth & Diversity Committee at Columbia's Annual Conflict Resolution Internship Fair
Thu, February 07, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - UNDERSTANDING-BASED MODEL OF MEDIATION
Sun, February 03, 2013 Bringing the NYC Dispute Resolution community together in the aftermath of the Newtown Tragedy: An Open Space Forum
Tue, January 22, 2013 Class Arbitration
Thu, January 03, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - OPERATION RESPECT
Wed, December 12, 2012 Holiday Cocktail & Networking Party for Members
Thu, December 06, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - THE TRANSFORMING CONFLICT LAB
Thu, October 18, 2012 Youth and the Criminal Justice System
Wed, October 17, 2012 Mediation Settlement Day
Thu, October 04, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - WHAT SHAMAN CAN TEACH US ABOUT MEDIATING
Thu, September 06, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Lessons Learned in Construction Conflict Resolution: Their Application in the Broader ADR Field
Thu, August 02, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediation When Mental Illness Is a Factor
Thu, July 05, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Turkey: Failed in VOM; Headed for Paradise in Civil Mediation?
Thu, June 21, 2012 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2012
Thu, June 07, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - BURUNDI: Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities
Thu, May 03, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Using Theater to Transform Conflict and Create Social Change
Wed, May 02, 2012 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thu, April 05, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - KAVI: KINGS AGAINST VIOLENCE INITIATIVE
Thu, March 01, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A PROBLEM?
Wed, February 29, 2012 Nuts & Bolts of Building a Practice in Arbitration, as an Ombuds, in Elder Mediation & with Youth
Thu, January 05, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - MEDIATORS BEYOND BORDERS INTERNATIONAL
Thu, December 08, 2011 Holiday Cocktail & Networking Party for Members
Thu, December 01, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - OCCUPY WALL STREET and the DISPUTE RESOLUTION COMMUNITY
Thu, November 03, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - TRIBAL CONFLICT AND MASTERY
Thu, October 06, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - AMEENA MATTHEWS from The Interrupters
Thu, September 08, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - CHANGE IN PROGRAM
Thu, August 04, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediation through the Eyes of New York Litigators
Thu, July 07, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - How Our Values Shape Our Practice
Thu, June 23, 2011 ACR-GNY Annual Conference
Thu, June 02, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - The Five Percent
Wed, May 18, 2011 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thu, May 05, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Strategic Drafting of Mediation Forms
Mon, April 11, 2011 Member Monday Presentation: "The Art of Perception"
Fri, April 08, 2011 ACR-GNY and Safe Horizon Mediation Program Screening: "Fairly Legal": Fair to Mediation?
Thu, April 07, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Effective Ways to Deal with Stress
Thu, April 07, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Top Ten Challenges for a Corporate Ombudsman
Mon, March 21, 2011 Member Monday: Members-Only Cocktails & Networking Party
Thu, March 03, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Anger Management and Mediation
Mon, February 28, 2011 Med-Arb Is Here to Stay: Why Not Learn About It?
Thu, February 03, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - TOWARDS A MORE PERFECT UNION
Thu, January 20, 2011 Increasing Public Awareness of Mediation
Thu, January 06, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Conflict Resolution within a Chaotic Reality
Thu, December 02, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Understanding and Addressing Humiliation
Thu, November 04, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - The Colors of War
Thu, October 14, 2010 Fall Networking & Noshing
Thu, October 07, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - What Can We Do, in a Polarized World, to Restore Civil Dialogue?
Thu, September 02, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Using Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) as a Tool in Mediation
Thu, August 05, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - How to Succeed in Your Mediation Practice
Thu, July 01, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediation Potential in Racially Charged Police Community Relations
Thu, June 24, 2010 ACR-GNY Annual Conference
Thu, June 03, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Interfaith Initiative: Community of Living Traditions
Thu, May 06, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - SEEDS OF PEACE
Wed, April 21, 2010 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thu, April 01, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - ADR in the Ismaili Muslim Community
Tue, March 16, 2010 Emerging Role of the Corporate, Organizational & Transnational* Ombuds
Thu, March 04, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediating With People with Disabilities
Thu, February 04, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Alternatives to Violence Project
Thu, January 07, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Conflict Resolution Programs in Schools
Tue, December 08, 2009 Roundtable Breakfast - The Importance of Forgiveness in our Individual and Collective Lives
Thu, November 05, 2009 Roundtable Breakfast - A Roadmap for Mediation in Turkey
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