San Francisco, California – On April 20 and 21, 2017, Divided Community Project leaders and collaborators discussed the Project on multiple panels at the American Bar Association’s 19th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference.
On Thursday April 20, Director Grande Lum moderated “Building Trust and Resilience in Divided Communities” with four highly-regarded participants.
- Mitchell Hamline Law Professor and Dispute Resolution Institute Director Sharon Press kicked the panel off discussing her fascinating work supporting Falcon Heights, Minnesota and the Saint Paul Public School system.
- Project Associate Director William Froehlich highlighted his work with the Columbus Community Trust and his experience using the project’s new simulation for community leaders.
- Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center Executive Director Michelle Renee Vilchez described her work convening the Strengthening Communities Project in San Mateo, California.
- Sarah Rubin, California Institute for Local Government Program Manager for Public Engagement, rounded out the discussion sharing her work engaging communities in public policy consensus building processes.
On Friday April 21, Director Lum joined JAMS Foundation Managing Director David Brandon, NAFCM Director D.G. Mawn and JAMS Executive Vice President Jay Welsh on a panel titled “Black and Blue: Healing the Divided in Police-Community Relations.” Panelists discussed JAMS-funded projects (including the Divided Community Project) are addressing police-community relationships.