What Alumni Are Doing
Below is a sample of some of the exciting things our alumni are doing:
“In July of 2014 I started work as an Associate Ombudsman at the National Institutes of Health’s Office of the Ombudsman, Center for Cooperative Resolution.
As an Associate Ombudsman, I work with members of the NIH community to identify and resolve both individual and organizational conflicts in an independent, informal,
confidential and neutral way. Our team of Ombudsmen (Seven + a Program Support Assistant) use our knowledge of conflict theory and organizational dynamics to identify the underlying causes of disputes and provide visitors with tools for resolving their issues. To resolve sensitive issues, we employ conflict resolution practices such as mediation, group facilitation, peer panels, coaching, and shuttle diplomacy. We also provide training and work to identify systemic conflicts, bringing to management’s
attention those practices, norms, policies, and aspects of NIH culture that appear to exacerbate tensions or create problems for fellows, scientists and administrative staff.”
(Tyler Smith, M.A. 2014)
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"I am currently working as an Intelligence Analyst with the US Government. I've gotten to assist with the Presidential Inauguration Command Post as well as provide case support for the Boston Bombings. As for conflict resolution, I am starting with the Department of Justice's Shared Neutrals program shortly and also just started with Anne Arundel County's Community Mediation Center." (Leigh
Culver, M.A. 2012).
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"Since graduation, Justinian and I have been working on a project very
close to our hearts - building a health clinic in Justinian's home area/village
in Tanzania. The aim is to provide easily accessible, good quality affordable
basic health care to local residents and those from neighboring villages. The
project has components and, I'm happy to report, one of them will focus
exclusively on the management and resolution of conflict-related issues! We
are in the process of designing a system that will encompass matters
pertaining to the clinic and its operation (i.e. staff issues, patient/staff
interactions and quality of care) as well as community-related issues that may
affect clinic operations. We plan to have 'stakeholder' input into the design of
this component (and others) later in the year when I travel to Tanzania.
"The ongoing clinic construction actually began in May 2012, and is
the first project of a health NGO we set up, also last year, called Emerging
Health Initiatives (EHI). We are currently awaiting clearance from the IRS to
operate EHI as a non- profit agency. A website is being put together and the
link will be available soon. We anticipate the clinic will begin operating in
August 2014" (Jean Rutabanzibwa-Ngaiza,
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"I’m excited to share with you that I have accepted a full-time position as a
Residence Director at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. The primary focus of
the position is on developing students through large scale programming, judicial
interventions and student outreach."
"In addition, I'm expanding my blog, Mocha Girls Pit Stop and my motivational
speaking brand. I provide keynotes and workshops on conflict resolution,
boosting self-esteem and overcoming adversity. Feel free to visit
MochaGirlsPitStop.com for self-esteem boosters and success stories from
young women who've overcome unspeakable obstacles." (Terri Lomax,
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"On July 1 I began working with the labor union AFSCME Maryland (American
Federation for State, County and Municipal Employees). I am the Staff
Representative for the Eastern Shore. I take members through the appeal and
grievance process, recruit new members, work on issue campaigns, help improve
working conditions, and do negotiating for contracts" (Julia Glanz,
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"It’s very challenging to serve as a Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Mission in Liberia at a time when
the country has been hard hit by the current Ebola crisis. Despite the post-war progress, Liberia still has many hurdles
including endemic structural poverty, corruption, youth unemployment and a weak social protection system. The Ebola outbreak
and its consequences have worsened previously existing human rights issues such as: poor access to economic, social and cultural
rights; prolonged pre-trial detention; harmful traditional practices with serious human rights consequences; weak accountability
mechanisms in the security agencies; and, sexual and gender-based violence particularly against women and girls. Nevertheless,
with every challenge comes an opportunity to make a difference. In December 2014, I launched the County Protection Working Group
(CPWG) in Margibi which is the second worst hit county – after Montserrado – in the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. (Counties in
Liberia are the equivalence of States in the US). The CPWG has a sub-cluster on child protection and three technical working
groups on: gender and gender-based violence; rule of law and vulnerable groups; and, mainstreaming protection, gender and HIV
in the Ebola response. The CPWG brings together members from the UN system, Government ministries and agencies, national and
international NGOs, civil society organizations, community members and other international partners like the CDC (from the US).
For me, the idea here is to ensure that we do not lose sight of other crucial human rights concerns whilst we work together to
tackle Ebola." (Fieyim Njonguo,
Arriving at an Ebola Treatment Unit in Kakata, Margibi County, Liberia.
Standing in front of a billboard in Monrovia, Montserrado County, Liberia.
Ebola Treatment Unit in Kakata, Margibi County, Liberia.
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