Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Dispute Resolution Center’s Brown Bag Lunch Series educates participants about a variety of topics related to successful mediation, including racial equity, cognitive impairments, adverse childhood experiences and trauma, and difficult conversations.

Past participants have shared that the Brown Bag Lunch Series are: “good for experienced mediators,” “useful if you are transitioning from training to practicing mediation,” and “offer an opportunity for frank discussions about emotional challenges.”

We invite anyone who is interested in learning more about conflict resolution to attend. The sessions will be most valuable for future or current mediators.

An optional $25 certificate* fee provides CLE credits for mediators on the court roster.

Please see the calendar below for more information about the upcoming Brown Bag Lunch Series. Each one is held at the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Service Center Campaign Learning Resource Center at 4133 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. There is a $5 requested donation.

2020/2021 Brown Bag Series Calendar - 

Colorizing Restorative Justice panel

Wednesday December 2, 2020
11:30 am—1:00 pm
Join on Zoom:

We are excited to have Denise Breton, Co-Owner, Living Justice Press, & Edward Valandra, Author and Editor, Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing Our Realities, join us and share their experiences as restorative justice practitioners in the United States and Canada.
The eighteen essays in Colorizing Restorative Justice, by authors who are Restorative Justice practitioners and scholars (including our own Executive Director, Belinda Dulin), explore the issues of racism and colonization within the field of restorative justice / restorative practices. The essays fall within five parts:
  • Where Are We? RJ/RP Challenges and Obligations
  • Negotiating RJ/RP as Professionals of Color
  • POC Experiences of RJ/RP and Circle Work
  • Restorative Lessons from within the Community
  • A Call to Settlers in RJ
From the introduction, by Edward C. Valandra:
The twenty authors of color in this book raise unsettling issues about restorative justice and restorative practices (RJ/RP), situated as they are in white supremacist settler societies that sustain deep roots in European invasion and colonizing. The contradiction between restorative practices and the Western, white supremacist, settler societies in which we practice them is inherent. We People of Color and Indigenous Peoples have not created the contradiction. It is there. But we collectively experience this contradiction in ways Whites do not. We feel an urgency about addressing this contradiction that our White settler colleagues seem not to perceive or express. We also feel an urgency about critically informing communities of color and Indigenous communities that this contradiction, while not of our making or choosing, is one we negotiate in restorative justice.

Please RSVP to Sally Brush, brushs@washtenaw.org

*Certificates are for 1.5 hours of Continuing Education Mediator Training and must be requested ahead of time to be received on the day of the Brown Bag Lunch Series.  Same day requests will be mailed at a later date.