Maryland Public Policy and Conflict Resolution Fellows Breakfast Series
Maryland Public Policy and Conflict Resolution Fellows Breakfast Series3 Steps to Changing a Conflict Culture Is There a Conflict Here? Why Ignoring a Conflict Culture Makes It Worse We know that conflict is inevitable, but when and how to address conflict isn't always comfortable or easy. Too often we ignore conflict in our workplace or community, hoping the issue will resolve itself or fizzle out. Unfortunately, the head-in-the-sand approach usually doesn’t work—even for ostriches. Pretending that tension isn’t there or assuming that change is impossible, often makes the situation worse. Join us for an illuminating presentation by Erricka Bridgeford, community activist and founder of Baltimore Ceasefire 365. Let’s pull our heads out of the sand and learn a few lessons about a different approach: opening our eyes and facing the problem in front of us. Maryland Public Policy and Conflict Resolution Fellows are welcome to attend and bring up to four of their colleagues. Space is limited and registration is required. Hosted by Fellows: Kevin LindamoodChief Executive OfficerHealthcare for the HomelessFellows Class of 2013 Del. Joseline Peña-MelnykMaryland State DelegateFellows Class of 2008 Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellows Program The Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellows Program is an innovative initiative sponsored by the Maryland Judiciary, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law that brings together a diverse group of influential Maryland leaders to expand their negotiation, conflict resolution, and consensus-building skills. The Program aims to achieve more effective and sustainable solutions to Maryland’s critical public policy issues. Speaker: Erricka Bridgeford Erricka Bridgeford trains mediators, teaches conflict resolution skills, co-organizes a movement that rallies Baltimore City to avoid violence during three-day weekends and performs rituals for every person who is murdered in Baltimore. Her life has been impacted by murder since she was 12 years old, and she has been working for over 20 years to ensure that murder does not have the last say. From addressing rape culture, to advocating for death penalty repeal, Bridgeford's ability to influence social injustice is fueled by her commitment to transform her personal pain into "hope in action." Bridgeford is the director of training at Community Mediation Maryland, co-founder and co-organizer of Baltimore Ceasefire 365 and an inspirational speaker. Her awards and recognitions include: Outstanding Volunteer Contribution to Victim's Services by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (2015), Best Baltimorean by City Paper (2017), Peacemaker of the Year by Baltimore Community Mediation Center (2017) and Marylander of the Year by The Baltimore Sun (2017). General Information: Parking: Metered parking is available in a public lot directly across the street on Fallsway. Metered on-street parking is also available on Fallsway. Upon arrival: Please enter through the main entrance and check in at the front desk upon arrival. This event is sponsored by the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (CDRUM) and the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office of the Maryland Judiciary (MACRO). This program is provided for Public Policy and Conflict Resolution Fellows and up to four of their invited colleagues. Breakfast will be provided.