A Virtual Conversation with Dr. Kathy Gonzales on the Fellowship for Diversity in Negotiation, Mediation & Conflict Resolution
Rev. Dr. King transformed our nation's approach to conflict resolution. How can we honor his legacy and encourage more trainers and peace-making practitioners from the most marginalized groups in society -- including people of color, women, trans and gender nonconforming/nonbinary people and people from poor and working class backgrounds?
Westtown Monthly Meeting is hosting Dr. Kathy Gonzales, Director of the Fellowship for Diversity in Negotiation, Mediation & Conflict Resolution, to share a new vision and pathway to increase diverse leadership in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) field. She will share the innovative and collaborative partnerships which have led to the Fellowship.
Why commit to expanding leadership in Alternative Dispute Resolution? The Religious Society of Friends believes that more can be accomplished by appealing, as Rev. King did, to the capacity for love and goodness in all of us, than can be hoped for by threatening punishment or retaliation. Rather than violence and dominance, we must turn instead, in the words of early Friends, to the 'weapons of the spirit,' allowing God to reach out through us to that of God in those with whom we are in conflict. Love, truth saying, non-violent engagement through mediation and negotiation, and using the moral imagination are "spiritual weapons" that heal and don't destroy.
Westtown Meeting has committed to supporting this equity centered project. We invite other Friends to work together with us.
Kathy Gonzales is the Chief Trainer/Education & Development Officer at Habitus. Kathy operated as a conflict management consultant to organizations and government agencies in the Caribbean. She was an Assistant Professor at Creighton University's Negotiation & Conflict Resolution Program. Kathy practiced as a family lawyer prior to entering the field of conflict engagement and holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree, a Master of Laws Degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in Conflict Analysis & Resolution.
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