ACR Diversity Teleconference Episode 1: Why Dispute Resolution Practitioners Should Care About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

With Marvin E. Johnson & Lou Gieszl

Description: ACR is famous for its steadfast commitment to diversity and equity. This commitment is one thing that sets ACR apart from other dispute resolution practitioner organizations.  

By celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion among our members, ACR has helped countless practitioners to find their way in our field while also making the conflict resolution community more effective.  Join in this important call, the first in a series, to:

  • Learn about the history of ACR's diversity, equity, and inclusion work,
  • The importance of each of these, and
  • Find out how you can get involved.


12 - 1pm est. [Convert Eastern Time to your timezone]

Call in Number: 559-726-1300
Access Code: 474131

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Presenter: Marvin E. Johnson is a nationally recognized mediator, arbitrator, and trainer with nearly 40 years of dispute resolution experience. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, an internationally recognized ADR entity, which provides dispute resolution education and training to culturally diverse audiences.  He has mediated and arbitrated thousands of cases in for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, federal and state agencies, and local government entities with dealings in numerous sectors.  Marvin is a long-time champion for diversity and equity in the dispute resolution field and has been instrumental in developing and leading ACR’s efforts in these and other areas. Among his many honors, Marvin is a past recipient of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Robert M. Bell Award for Leadership in Dispute Resolution.

Moderator: Lou Gieszl is a past-president of ACR and currently serves as the Diversity and Equity 

Officer of the ACR Board of Directors.  He is the Deputy Executive Director of the Maryland Judiciary’sMediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), a statewide resource for conflict resolution programs and mediator excellence. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore’s Master’s Degree Program on Negotiations and Conflict Management.  He is on the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, the world’s premier center for advancement, practice and study of mediation in the transformative framework. Lou serves as a mediator and facilitator in community, government and court settings. Lou is a Ph.D. Candidate at UMBC An Honors University in Maryland, where he's preparing a dissertation about the U.S. Postal Service's REDRESS mediation program. 

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