Nancy Erbe: Fulbright Specialist Effecting Change in Conflict Resolution Curriculum
Nancy Erbe, associate professor of negotiation, conflict resolution and peace building (NCRP) at California State University, Dominguez Hills, will be speaking at “Shaping Faculty Roles in Times of Change: Leadership for Student Learning,” the annual conference of the American Association of Colleges and Universities in San Diego in April. She will make her presentation, which focuses on the multicultural classroom and campus, with Katlin Choi, community partnership coordinator, Center for Community Engagement at CSU Long Beach, Margaret Manning, a NCRP student at Dominguez Hills, and Bettina Taylor and Rebecca Smith, NCRP alumni from Dominguez Hills.
Erbe is also on a research team funded by the CSU Office of the Chancellor that is researching social justice and CSU curriculum. Shonda O’Neal, lecturer and Jeff Sapp, professor of teacher education also represent CSU Dominguez Hills on the team. They will work together for the next two years.
“Social justice is studied throughout the NCRP curriculum,” says Erbe. “For example, NCRP includes studying optimal and inclusive multicultural dialogue and decision-making; skilled integrative bargaining, which seeks to create the best possible response to all interests present; power balancing in mediation crafted by diverse self determining cultural representatives; and restorative justice — truth and reconciliation — as peace building.
“Last year Dean Mitch Maki [College of Professional Studies] brought together deans from all the colleges and faculty from several programs to discuss infusing [the university’s] curriculum with social justice. Faculty from criminal justice, public administration, child development, education, sociology, social work, occupational therapy and nursing brainstormed on ways to spread and promote social justice, with a special focus on restorative justice.”
Erbe has just been named by the U.S. State Department as a Fulbright senior specialist in peace and conflict resolution. She will be lecturing and consulting with faculty at Nicosia University and Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus this May on alternative and global dispute resolution, along with meeting several local professionals supported by Fulbright in doing bi-communal conflict resolution work. She expresses her gratitude to A. Marco Turk, director of the NCRP program at Dominguez Hills, who has been continuously involved with conflict mediation in Cyprus since 1997, when he served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar there for two years.
“I appreciate the support of Dr. Marco Turk for this recognition and opportunity,” says Erbe. “Dr. Turk arranged for Dilek Latif, a senior lecturer from Near East University, to visit Dominguez Hills as a Fulbright Scholar two years ago. We hope that these on-going visits will inspire continuing faculty-student exchanges between Cyprus and NCRP.”
For information on the NCRP program at CSU Dominguez Hills, click here.
- Joanie Harmon