Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Utah Women In Higher Education Network holding workshop at SLCC

The Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN) is pleased to present a 2015 Fall Workshop at the Taylorsville campus of Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). The Art of Negotiation & Consensus Building will be held October 2, 12:45-3 p.m., in the SLCC Student Services Building on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. Attendance is free for SLCC employees, and the limit is 75 people – to guarantee seating, register early via the link https://2015uwhenslcc.eventbrite.com. This workshop is a mission-driven event applicable to SLCC employees and UWHEN members, regardless of faculty, staff, or administrator roles. For more information or to join the listserv, email info@uwhen.org.

This workshop will help you understand new ways of thinking about negotiation and consensus building—helping the brain refocus away from unproductive conflict to constructive dialogue. This approach to consensus-building requires all participants to listen actively to each other, to understand what really matters for themselves and the other participants, and to think creatively about how all needs might be met. Active listening and creative problem solving as encouraged through the process of consensus building can become internalized tools. Through small group dialogue and short exercises, Michele Straube teaches how to consider and integrate these processes into workplace environments. Dr. Deneece Huftalin, SLCC President and UWHEN Presidential Sponsor, will provide the opening remarks.

The workshop facilitator will be Michele Straube, who or the past 20 years has focused exclusively on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, facilitation, training, and collaborative problem solving. Michele also practiced law for more than 15 years, representing private and public sector clients. Before teaching at the University of Utah law school, Michele maintained a private mediation practice in which she designed and facilitated consensus-building processes and offered conflict management training. In addition to being on several national rosters for environmental third-party neutrals, she conducted mediations for the US Postal Service REDRESS program, and was a long-term-care ombudsman for Salt Lake County. From January 2008 to August 2010, Michele directed Salt Lake Solutions, SLC Mayor Ralph Becker's collaborative government initiative. Salt Lake Solutions projects model collaboration by engaging all segments of the community to address difficult public problems. Michele is known as a highly skilled and dynamic facilitator and mediator in the community.