Association for Conflict Resolution, Annual Conference, Tucson, AZ, Day 3 (Youth Day), 9/20/19

The Education, Training and Research Section of ACR (ERT), of which I am a member, hosts Youth Day on the third day of the conference. This year, Youth Day was held at Pima Community College. We participated in the 8th Annual Youth and Peace Conference organized by the Culture of Peace Alliance. This year’s theme was “Deconstructing the Domestic Violence Epidemic, Constructing Respectful Communities.” Over 400 Tucson area high school students participated in the conference.

The primary event was the dialogue circles program developed by the Center for Community Dialogue and Training. A number of ERT members assisted with this program. This was preceded by sessions for youth and adults. I offered a session on “Careers for Peace” (where students engaged in peace bingo) and my colleague Pam Struss offered a session for adults on “Communication Challenges Between Generation Z and the Caring Adults Around Them.” We also participated in the resource fair before the conference started. I was glad that Darcy Thompson assisted me in my session.

Below are photos of the day. And here is a video from the opening ceremony.


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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