Earlier this year, the Dispute Resolution Center Board and staff committed to both expanding conflict resolution services in local schools and being responsive to community needs by offering high quality training resources. We are excited to announce an internal re-alignment that allows us to address these service objectives and meet growing community needs.
Carrie Stringer, who previously oversaw both training and youth services, will now focus solely on Restorative Practices and Youth Services. Former staff member Oriana Noël Lewis has returned to the DRC and will again be filling the role of Training Manager.
Restorative practices provide a framework for a fundamental shift in how schools respond to rule violations and misbehavior. The goal is to extend beyond addressing incidents themselves to fostering healthy school communities grounded in mutual respect, positive communication, and trust. Our Peacemaker Clubs have been an important element of this work and we are excited to deepen our partnerships with local schools in the coming academic year.
As this youth-focused area of service is so highly valued, so too is our robust Training Program. Building upon a solid history of providing conflict prevention and resolution training, we will continue to offer in-house training in the practice of mediation, both basic and advanced, as well as custom-designed training for the workplace and community.
When the community calls upon us to be of service in the ways that we are best equipped, it serves everyone well to say "Yes, we can help". By providing the opportunity for each of these talented, passionate, and highly-dedicated women to do what they each excel at, our organization is positioned to be responsive to both of these highly-valued areas of service.
Please join me in celebrating the contributions of both Carrie and Oriana to the DRC's mission.
Jody M. Suhrbier
312 4th Ave E
Olympia WA 98501
PO Box 6184
Olympia WA 98507
Federal Tax ID: 94-3130662
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