UCCR Brown Bag Lunch Presentations

These interactive luncheons will be held the third Thursday of each month starting in March from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Law & Justice Center located at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City. 

If you or someone you know would like to present at a Brown Bag, please let us know. Also, if you have a topic you would like us to address and want us to find a speaker, let us know that too!

2017 Schedule

February 9th

"Culture in Conflict"
Presenters:   Refugee & Immigration Center Asian Association of Utah, and Evie Brinkerhoff

Awareness of cultural backgrounds and diverse populations can be useful when assisting people in conflict find common ground and understanding. This presentation will include a discussion of cultural awareness by a representative from the Refugee and Immigrant Center at the Asian Association of Utah (RIC-AAU), followed by a facilitated dialogue with Evie Brinkerhoff.

The Refugee and Immigrant Center at the Asian Association of Utah (RIC-AAU) was founded in 1977 and is a private, non-profit, community-based organization located in Salt Lake City. Originally established to support Asian immigrants and refugees in their transition to life in the United States, the organization has expanded its resources and services over the past 40 years to assist refugees and immigrants from around the world. Today, they serve over 2,000 refugees, immigrants, and other community members each year. With over 60 staff members, our backgrounds cover 17 countries and over 30 languages. They are devoted to helping clients become more self-sufficient in their daily lives, and aim to reduce the barriers that refugees and immigrants face when adapting to life in the U.S. 

Evie Brinkerhoff is a Child Welfare Mediator with the Administrative Office of the Courts who has devoted much of her time to helping those from diverse backgrounds as well as volunteering with the YCC in Ogden, Utah.

 March 9th

" Stocking Your Mediation Tool Kit"  -Natalie Threlkeld

 What HAS to be in your mediator kit.  What SHOULD be in your mediator kit.  What COULD be in your mediator kit. Natalie Threlkeld will discuss the concept of creating and using a mediator kit so that you are always prepared for any type of mediation and what resources work the best for her and possibly for you!!

 Natalie Threlkeld

Natalie Threlkeld is the owner of Agree-able Mediations in Layton, Utah. She teaches mediation classes as well as a class regarding tax issues in a divorce. Natalie is a Master Mediator and holds the domestic violence expertise. She has mediated over 5,000 hours in various areas including divorce, custody, alimony, real estate, guardianship, EEO, landlord/tenant, ADA, probate, debt collection, and taxes. Natalie was the Domestic Mediation Program Coordinator for the Administrative Office of the Courts. She designed and implemented the mandatory mediation program for contested divorces when the requirement to mediate contested divorces was enacted in 2005. In her previous life, Natalie worked for the IRS for 26 years teaching tax law and tax accounts. She facilitated dysfunctional teams and taught IRS employees how to talk to taxpayers! Natalie is the wife of one, the mother of two, and the Nana of 5.5 (one is on the way!) Natalie loves to read and play in the dirt in her yard!

April 13th

The Zen of You and Me

An exploration of how coming together must include the ways in which we are very different

Diane Musho Hamilton

Diane Musho Hamilton is a gifted professional mediator, author, facilitator, and teacher of Zen and Integral Spirituality. As the first Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Utah Judiciary, Diane established mediation programs throughout the court system and has won several prestigious awards for her work in this area, most recently the 2016 Peacemaker Award from the BYU Center for Conflict Resolution.

She has been a practitioner of meditation for more than 30 years and is a lineage holder in the Soto Zen tradition. Diane facilitates Big Mind Big Heart, a process developed to help elicit the insights of Zen in Western audiences. Diane is considered a pioneer in articulating and applying the insights of an Integral Life Practice based on work of Ken Wilber. Since 2004, she has worked with Ken Wilber and the Integral Institute in Denver, Colorado.

In 2008, Diane co-founded Two Arrows Zen, a center for Zen study and practice in Salt Lake City and Torrey, Utah with her husband Michael Mugaku Zimmerman. She is also Lead Trainer for Ten Directions' Integral Facilitator Certificate Program, a uniquely developmental approach to group facilitation mastery.
Diane is the author of Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution, (2013, Shambhala Publications). She is also featured in The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women, (2013, Wisdom Publications.)
Her newest book is The Zen of You and Me: A Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone (March 2017, Shambhala Publications).

May 19- UCCR Annual Symposium!!!
July 13- TBA
Aug. 10-TBA
Nov. 9-TBA

Stacy Roberts, UCCR Brown Bag Event Chair


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