Supporting Community “Thirdsiders” via the East Side Conflict Resolution Outreach Project

Presented by: Bill Warters and Daniela Shuke, Wayne State University MADR Program
Presented at: 2016 CRE Conference, Columbus OH
Date of Session: June 11, 2016

Session Description: Students and faculty affiliated with the Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution program at Wayne State University in Detroit have created a service learning and community building initiative on Metro Detroit's East Side. The ESCRO project reimagines the community boards' civic engagement community mediation model, extending it via a service learning element and via the promotion of a broader range of Thirdsider conflict intervention roles. This workshop will review the underlying philosophy promoted by the initiative, explore the creative ways that a Thirdsider perspective opens up engagement opportunities, and report on the project's progress to date.