Conflict Resolution Week

Conflict Resolution Week is a week of events focused on raising awareness about conflict resolution and peacebuilding options for personal, local, state, national and international conflicts. It is sponsored by: UF Dean of Students Office Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, UF Libraries, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuliding, Off-Campus Life, University Athletic Association, U.S. Institute for Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative, UF International Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, MDP Program, UFPD Community Services Division, UPFP Victim Advocates, Santa Fe College, UF Housing and Residence Education. Gators for Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Conflict Resolution Initiative, Graham Center, Center for Leadership and Service, Office of the University Ombuds, Campus Ministry Cooperative, University Relations, New Student and Family Programs, and P.K. Yonge School.

List of Events

Sunday, October 5
Alcohol Free Tailgate

12:00pm - 4:00pm | Lawn of Student Health Center

Stop by the ‘Greater Gator Tailgater’ on Saturday, October 5th, 2013 on the front lawn of the Student Health Care Center. The tailgate will begin 3 hours prior to kick-off of the UF vs. Arkansas game. There will be games, free food and non-alcoholic drinks, giveaways, and more. All are welcome to stop by and get ready to cheer on their team with their fellow fans!

Monday, October 14
Conflict Conversation with Student Athletes

9:30am | TBD

The Conflict Doctor Is In

11:00am-1:00pm | Plaza of the Americas

Come and meet with a trained mediator to discuss a conflict you are having in your life. A trained mediator will give you some conflict coaching tips on how to approach the conflict and successfully resolve it. On Thursday, October 17, join us as we will be joined by the P.K. Yonge Middle School Peer Mediators from 11 am – 1 pm on the Plaza of the Americas.

Knowing Your Rights: A Conversation and Lunch with UF's Ombudsman

12:00pm | 202 Peabody Hall

Come and learn about your rights should you have a conflict with the university. Learn how the University Ombudsman is here to help you try and resolve these conflicts.

Gators Ask Big Questions: What would you sacrifice to repair the world?

6:00pm - TBD

Can we change the world through better conversation? We believe we can. Sacrifice can be a heavy word. This word comes from the Latin root from where we get the word sacred. We tend to sacrifice something in order to gain or give something in return or by other means. Join us for a dialogue around the big question during Conflict Resolution Week. What would you be willing to sacrifice to improve the world around us?

Graham Center Civil Discourse Wall

All Week | Graham Center

Engage in an electronic discussion on a topic related to conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

Conflict Resolution Tips of the Week

All Week

SCCR will post via social media, a conflict resolution tip of the day for each day of Conflict Resolution Week. Follow us on Facebook.

Tuesday, October 15
Apartment Managers and House Parents Training

8:30am - 11:30am | Emerson Alumni Hall

Jeffrey Weisberg from the River Phoenix Center and Chris Loschiavo Associate Dean of Students at UF and President of the Associate for Student Conduct Administration will provide hands on conflict resolution training to area Apartment Managers and house parents based on the training these certified mediators have received. This event is RSVP only. If you wish to attend, please RSVP Nora Kilroy at Off Campus Life. Sponsored by Off Campus Life.

The Conflict Doctor Is In

11:00am - 1:00pm | Plaza of the Americas
5:30-7:30pm | Southwest Rec
11:00am - 1:00pm | Santa Fe Blount Center

Come and meet with a trained mediator to discuss a conflict you are having in your life. A trained mediator will give you some conflict coaching tips on how to approach the conflict and successfully resolve it. On Thursday, October 17, join us as we will be joined by the P.K. Yonge Middle School Peer Mediators from 11 am – 1 pm on the Plaza of the Americas.

Common Ground: Spirituality in Religion

7:00pm | 411 Peabody Hall

Religious practice is meant to cultivate 'the fruits of the spirit.' What are the qualities of spiritually advanced people that are common to all faiths? How can practitioners recognize and appreciate those qualities in those of other faiths? How can non-religious and religious people use such values to find common ground for tolerance and cooperation?

Wednesday, October 16
Eye Opener Breakfast Series ADR Talk

7:30am - 9:00am | UF Hilton

Join Professor Robin Davis and Associate Dean Chris Loschiavo as they discuss the increased use of Alternative Dispute Resolution options in both the legal arena and higher education arena. This is an invite only event.

The Conflict Doctor Is In

11:00am - 1:00pm | Plaza of the Americas

Come and meet with a trained mediator to discuss a conflict you are having in your life. A trained mediator will give you some conflict coaching tips on how to approach the conflict and successfully resolve it. On Thursday, October 17, join us as we will be joined by the P.K. Yonge Middle School Peer Mediators from 11 am – 1 pm on the Plaza of the Americas.

The Conflict Doctor Is In

12:00pm - 2:00pm | Santa Fe Main Campus

Come and meet with a trained mediator to discuss a conflict you are having in your life. A trained mediator will give you some conflict coaching tips on how to approach the conflict and successfully resolve it. On Thursday, October 17, join us as we will be joined by the P.K. Yonge Middle School Peer Mediators from 11 am – 1 pm on the Plaza of the Americas.

"The Blue Kite" Screening and Discussion

2:00pm | Santa Fe Main Campus

Banned by the Chinese government (which also imposed a ten-year ban on filmmaking on director Tian Zhuangzhuang.), The Blue Kite reveals the impact of the Anti-Rightist Movement and the Cultural Revolution in 1950s and 1960s China. The story is told from the perspective of a young boy (Tietou) growing up in Beijing as his family experiences the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution. The Blue Kite won seven International Film Festival awards in 1993, including the Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Dr. David Price, Professor of History and Interim Director of Student Life at Santa Fe College, will introduce the film and lead a discussion about its many conflicts.

Know the Limits: Healthy Relationships, Safety, and Resources

3:00pm - 4:30pm | Smathers Library 1A

Come join a panel of experts as they discuss intimate partner and relationship violence resources for both CR week and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Projects for Peace Informational Session

6:00pm | Peabody Hall 408

Projects for Peace is an opportunity for all undergraduates on campus to design grassroots "projects for peace" and apply for a $10,000 grant to implement those projects over the summer. This grant program aims to motivate college students to create and implement plans for building peace in the twenty first century. Join us for informational sessions on 10/16 and 10/17.

Modeling the Way Like Gandhi: Cultural Conversations

6:00pm | Reitz Union, 1st Floor Couches

Gandhi was a transformational leader, a proponent of nonviolence and believed that violence only amounted to revenge which leads to more violence. Gandhi's willingness to put his life on the line through a hunger strike was perhaps the greatest nonviolent act of resistance. Join us for a conversation about how Gandhi lived his life and how we can model the way towards a more socially just society and world.

Journey to Leadership: John Bul Dau

7:00pm | Reitz Union, Rion Ballroom

John Bul Dau endured the most extreme hardship during his youth and used it to transform his life and the lives of others in profound ways. From surviving the harrowing genocide of his people to leading hundreds of younger boys across Sudan, Dau shares his story as a Lost Boy and the life lessons that helped him and others through the most horrific of circumstances.

Thursday, October 17
Academic Administrator Seminar Series

10:30am | TBD

Associate Dean Chris Loschiavo will present conflict resolution strategies to Academic Deans, Directors and Department Chairs as part of this series of seminars. Invitation only.

The Conflict Doctor is in with PK Young Middle School

11:00am - 1:00pm | Plaza of the Americas

Come and meet with a trained mediator to discuss a conflict you are having in your life. A trained mediator will give you some conflict coaching tips on how to approach the conflict and successfully resolve it. On Thursday, October 17, join us as we will be joined by the P.K. Yonge Middle School Peer Mediators from 11 am – 1 pm on the Plaza of the Americas.

International Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Seminar

with Judy Anderson and Dr. Joseph Sebarenzi (led by Jon Dain)
3:00pm - 5:00pm | Ustler Hall Atrium

Judy Anderson grew up in Congo and for over 35 years has worked in community development, mostly in Africa. In 2005 she became the US Executive Director for HEAL Africa, an NGO based in Goma, eastern DR Congo. HEAL Africa includes a full-service training hospital and multiple community-based initiatives in public health, gender justice, community development and conflict resolution. In 2013 Judy accepted a new position as Executive Director of ACT for Congo: Advocate. Collaborate. Transform., a non-profit organization which seeks to identify, partner with and accelerate catalysts for change in the DR Congo and other countries of the Great Lakes Region. She remains an advocate for gender justice and conflict resolution.

Joseph Sebarenzi, PhD. is the former President of the Parliament of Rwanda (1997–2000). He was born in Rwanda in 1963 during the civil war between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups and lost his parents and many relatives during the genocide of 1994. After fleeing Rwanda, Sebarenzi earned his doctorate in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Ireland in Europe, a master’s degree in International and Intercultural Management from the SIT Graduate Institute in the United States, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He holds an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Marlboro College in the United States.

Dr. Sebarenzi specializes in international human rights and conflict management and currently works for the US Department of Justice. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera and Voice of American’s “Straight Talk to Africa” and regularly speaks on BBC, VOA and NPR.

Sebarenzi’s memoir God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation was published in New York in 2009 by Simon & Schuster. The memoir combines recollections of his survival of civil wars and genocide in Rwanda, his years in politics and insights about conflict prevention and reconciliation.

Projects for Peace Information Session

7:00pm | Peabody Hall 408

Projects for Peace is an opportunity for all undergraduates on campus to design grassroots "projects for peace" and apply for a $10,000 grant to implement those projects over the summer. This grant program aims to motivate college students to create and implement plans for building peace in the twenty first century. Join us for informational sessions on 10/16 and 10/17.

Friday, October 18
The Conflict Doctor Is In

11:00am - 1:00pm | Plaza of the Americas

Come and meet with a trained mediator to discuss a conflict you are having in your life. A trained mediator will give you some conflict coaching tips on how to approach the conflict and successfully resolve it. On Thursday, October 17, join us as we will be joined by the P.K. Yonge Middle School Peer Mediators from 11 am – 1 pm on the Plaza of the Americas.

Gator Global Initiative

5:00pm | TBD

Gator Global Initiative is $25 for the two day conference. Learn more here.

Gator Global Initiative, a social impact conference, inspires students to find their passion and create change locally, nationally, and globally. Students will interact with each other and speakers to develop into socially responsible leaders within their community. Gator Global Initiative strives to create a knowledge-sharing space for like-minded individuals to foster a collaborative atmosphere towards action. Join us October 18 – 19 to start making your impact!

Conflict Resolution Workshop

3:00pm | 202 Peabody Hall

Come and learn some easy to use and effective conflict resolution skills that will apply to every situation and are based on the training received by certified mediators. Effective for helping you more effectively resolve conflicts with roommates, spouses, partners, friends, siblings; pretty much any kind of conflict. 3 pm in 202 Peabody Hall. Limited to the first 25 who attend.

Restorative Justic Conversation

4:05pm | 202 Peabody Hall

Come and learn about restorative justice – an effective way of resolving conflicts which takes into account the needs and desires of harmed and affected parties in resolving crimes and/or violations of the Student Conduct Code. Friday, October 18, 4:05 pm in 202 Peabody hall.

Wednesday, October 23
Be More Heroic

7:00pm | Ustler Hall

Be More Heroic is a pro-compassion group of young entertainers dedicated to inspiring individuals and communities to stimulate positive, proactive and courageous action in their daily lives with a specific focus on bullying! Join the movement!

Click here to download a .pdf version of the schedule.

Be sure to also check out the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding Calendar of events

Sponsors

SCCR
DSO
Institute of Dispute Resolution at the Levin College of Law
Off campus life
MCDA
Campus Ministry Cooperative
Center for Leadership and Service
Master of Sustainable Development Practice Program
U.S. Institute of Peace
River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding
Office of Victim Services UPD
UPD
Gators for Alternative Dispute Resolution (GADR)
Conflict Resolution Initiative (CRI)
Housing and Residence Education
University Athletic Association
University Relations
Santa Fe College Division of Student Affairs
New Student and Family Programs
Bob Graham Center
P.K. Yonge Middle School
Southwest Rec Center
UF Libraries
Center for Latin American Studies