Welcome to the 2020 virtual celebration of National Conflict Resolution Week at VCU. Historically, VCU celebrates National Conflict Resolution Day, which is a national one-day event observed annually on the third Thursday of October. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the one-day event has shifted to a virtual week-long celebration. You will still see references to "National Conflict Resolution Day" as we honor the annual date with other colleges, universities and businesses around the nation.
Each day this week, new videos and resources will be posted below. Our celebration culminates with a keynote address and interactive Zoom session on Thursday, October 15. Click here to view the full schedule for the week.
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Note: Historically, VCU celebrates National Conflict Resolution Day, which is a national one-day event observed annually on the third Thursday of October. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the one-day event has shifted to a virtual week-long celebration. You will still see references to "National Conflict Resolution Day" as we honor the annual date with other colleges, universities and businesses around the nation. Thank you for your support!
Monyei [View Image]"Dignity: Vital for Healing Conflict"
Presented by Allison Monyei Whaley, J.D., Ombuds for Employees, Montgomery College
Allison Monyei Whaley serves as the Ombuds for Employees at Montgomery College. Independence, neutrality, and confidentiality have characterized her work. Allison is a Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner and holds the distinction of being certified by the Mediation Training Institute as a trainer in workplace conflict resolution and credentialed by the Society for Human Resource Management. Before entering the ombuds profession, she worked as an attorney, advocating on behalf of our nation’s veterans and their families.
Gilbert [View Image]"Things You Can Learn from your Ombudsman About Conflict, Trust and Accountability"
Presented by LaCrisia "Cris" Gilbert, Organizational Ombudsman, National University
After earning her Master in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute, Gilbert carved a flourishing career for herself in mediation and dispute resolution as a private mediator, CEO of a non-profit dispute resolution center and educator at various colleges and universities. In 2018, Gilbert was appointed as the first Ombuds for National University, headquartered in La Jolla, CA. As Organizational Ombudsman, she serves faculty, staff, and students as issues arise. Gilbert offers guided facilitations, mediations through the University legal department, and she also oversees the more informal processes to bring parties to resolutions. Colleagues describe Gilbert as "an effective teacher, practitioner, and leader in the profession of mediation."
William King [View Image]"COVID-19 Pandemic: Pursuing Advocacy and Fairness During Challenging Times"
Presented by William E. King, University Ombudsperson, Virginia Commonwealth University
William E. King has 36 years of higher education experience, at five institutions throughout the United States. He has spent the past 25 years as an organizational ombudsperson. He is a Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner. Mr. King’s background and experiences in mediation and dispute resolution in an academic environment will be an invaluable resource at VCU and ensure that our campus remains one of collegiality, openness and inclusion.
Note: 05:23 in the video contains strong language.
Wilson [View Image]Keynote Address: "Changing the Context of Conflict"
L. Trey Wilson, Facilitator, Actor, Writer and Director
L. Trey Wilson is an actor, writer, director and facilitator. Originally from Chicago, IL. he now resides in Los Angeles, CA. He has facilitated conversations regarding race, gender, culture and sexuality for corporations and MBA programs across the country and abroad, (Canada, Israel and Australia). He is the recipient of various writing awards including, the NAACP Award, 2 GLAAD Awards, The Ovation Award and The Critics Choice Award. He has also been featured on NPR's All Things Considered.
Interactive Activity via Zoom
Noon - 1:30 P.M.
Registration closes at noon on Oct. 12 - a Zoom link will be sent to registrants with confirmation of sessions. Participants will select two conflict resolution or mediation-themed scenarios to discuss in break-out rooms via Zoom. The sessions will be moderated by VCU leaders, the national Ombudspersons who provided small talks earlier in the week and the keynote speaker.
Thank You and Closing Remarks
Jenn Arce, Program Coordinator, Office of the Provost
William E. King, University Ombudsperson, Virginia Commonwealth University
Resources from VCU
Classes in Talent@VCU (requires eID login)
Books and Articles (Available from VCU Libraries)
Questions for Presenters
Questions submitted for the national Ombudspersons and keynote speaker will be answered and posted by next week. Thank you for attending our virtual celebration of National Conflict Resolution Week 2020.
Thank you for attending our virtual celebration of National Conflict Resolution Day 2020. In addition, thank you to the following people for their invaluable contributions to this virtual event: