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University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

383 University Street East

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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2017 EPP Conference
Salt Lake City, Utah on June 13th and 14th, 2017

Additional Conference Information Available on Conference Webpage here

Diversity & Equity Scholarships available to cover the registration fee - More info available here.

June 13: Day one will be a joint conference with the University Network on Collaborative Governance (UNCG) focused on practitioner and academic partnerships. Interactive sessions to learn from recent partnerships between Universities and Practitioners. UNCG and ACR EPP will engage in joint conversation about how we can work together to:

  • Support civil discourse and collaborative governance in an age of increasing diversity and polarization;
  • Increase the diversity of collaborative practitioners;
  • Leverage teaching and research to advance the practice of collaboration and conflict resolution; and
  • Generally advance the fields of collaborative governance and public policy conflict resolution.

June 14: Day two will focus on “Civility and Identity in Environmental Public Policy.” Dynamic speakers have been invited to help challenge participants and frame the day’s discussions.


THEME: Civility and Identity in Environmental Public Policy
Over the last several years, both civility and identity have been central topics in the news, in the meeting rooms managed by practitioners, in the work environment for government employees, and in the daily lives of stakeholders engaged in environmental public policy. As senior, mid-level and emerging practitioners, we are looked to as (or working to become) the expert professionals to design effective processes that support durable decisions. This day of learning and discussion is intended to explore how to address civility and consider identity in process design and how to communicate to non-practitioners why this is important. Dynamic speakers from outside the EPP field have been invited to challenge us and our thinking, open space sessions are planned to allow a broad range of topics driven by the needs of the attendees, and the final session will bring us together to gather insights that we can take back to our work.

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Updates from federal roster managers including the Environmental Protection Agency’s Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center and its roster manager CSRA, the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, and the Department of the Interior’s Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution and its roster manger Kearns and West.

8:45 am - 9:00 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks about the Day

9:00 am - 10:15 am
Framing Session on Equity, Identity and Civility
Professionals outside of the field of Environment and Public Policy will share their approach to civility and consideration of identity and will challenge the group to think about our role as practitioners.
• Elected Official (invited)
• Chanin Kelly-Rae, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion lead for the State of Washington
• Desiree Wilkin-Finch, Labor Relations Organizer

Click here to learn more about our distinguished speakers.

Open Space Training: Betsy Daniels, Program Chair
Overview how to get the most out of the “Open Space Technology” dialogue approach to be used in the morning and afternoon breakout sessions.

10:15 am - 10:30 pm

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Open Space Session 1: The role of civil, collaborative dialogue
What are the tools to establish or re-establish civility in EPP dialogue?

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Networking/Mentoring Lunch
Have lunch with someone you want to learn from

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Open Space Session 2: The role of equity and identity in our field
What are the tools to consider and incorporate equity and identity in EPP dialogue?

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Plenary Session
Report outs from Session 1 and Session 2 with discussion on application of the tools, discussions that need to be continued at the conference next year

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Closing Remarks and Adjourn

6:00 pm EPP reception at local city establishment (No host bar, appetizers provided)

Listed ticket prices are early bird rates and will increase $50 on May 1st.

Lodging Options and Transportation Info Available Here

For more information on the program contact EPP Conference Program Chair Betsy Daniels, Co-President of Triangle Associates, Inc. at bdaniels@triangleassociates.com. Sponsors interested in supporting scholarships are asked to contact Elizabeth Spaulding at espaulding@langdongroupinc.com. Logistics and registration information contact Josh King at jking@langdongroupinc.com.

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