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Nonviolence Training ~ Social Work GSA
March 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The School of Social Work GSA is a cosponsor to this day-long training in the theory and practice of nonviolence on Saturday, March 11th from 9am-4pm in the Student Union (room 145). It is a unique opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to engage together and develop useful tools to address various issues on campus as a community.
The training which will be led by two certified nonviolence trainers from a non-profit organization called Something New. Something New was originally based in Selma, Alabama, and has been engaging in community building and social justice work for over ten years. We are so excited to be able to bring these trainers to UB, and would love to extend the invitation to as many students and faculty as possible.
“WHAT WE ARE UP AGAINST – Prejudice, Bias, Oppression, Hate, Fear, Instability & Violence is all around us and we must come together to “Build Community”
New Way’s goal is simple: We train people how to effectively and peacefully handle internal and external conflict. Building on the principles of Gandhi, Mandela, and Dr. King, the nonviolence method to conflict reconciliation can be powerfully applied to any setting, any issue, or any relationship. It has proven successful in all kinds of settings from national power struggles, to prisons, to corporations and to college campuses. Whether the end is disciplined practice of the principles of nonviolence in a hostile setting, the ability to facilitate dialogue among people with different values and priorities, or some other expression of peacemaking, this training provides an important first step. You’ll engage in personal reflection, become closer with team members, and walk away more self-aware.
“If one does not practice nonviolence in one’s personal relations with others and hopes to use it in bigger affairs, one is vastly mistaken.” – Gandhi”
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