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Rotary Club Peace Symposium to focus on conflict resolution at Clackamas Community College

Inspired by conflict seemingly pervasive across the globe and closer to home at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the coalition of Rotary Clubs that organize the annual Peace Symposium has set a theme of conflict resolution for the event coming in March.

The symposium is open to the public and will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 12, at the Gregory Forum at Clackamas Community College. Attendance is free, though donations are welcome. Students are encouraged to attend.

Speakers will include Dr. Steve Stephens, psychologist, who will speak about interpersonal ways to resolve conflict, three Rotary Peace Scholars including Steve Nakana, of Mercy Corps, who will talk about international conflict; Allison Kwesell, and Nancy Pionk, executive director of Community Mediation Services, who will share successful mediation approaches; and Sheriff Craig Roberts and North Clackamas School District Superintendent, Matt Utterback, who will talk about reducing conflict in the community and responding with help.

Given that fostering peace is one of Rotary International’s six areas of focus, the symposium is hosted by Rotary Clubs in Clackamas County including the Oregon City, Milwaukie, North Clackamas and Lake Oswego clubs, as well as the Clackamas Community College Association of Student Government.

“This topic of building peaceful communities and learning how to resolve the inevitable conflicts that arise is timely,” said Ginger Redlinger, chair of the symposium planning committee. “We hope that community members will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about this topic. And we hope that the youth in our communities will be interested in learning these skills.”

More information about the symposium can be found at oregoncityrotary.org.