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Annual Summit: Rebuilding Community, Developing Alternative Ways to Resolve Conflict

April 25 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm CDT

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On Thursday, April 25 Mediation and Restorative Services (MARS) will host their first ever Annual Summit: Rebuilding Community focusing on Developing Alternative Ways to Resolve Conflict from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The event will be held at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids and will include timely topics in conflict resolution, mediation, and restorative practice.


Rebuilding Community will share best practices, amplify, and compound the impact of alternative conflict resolution, provide practical skills through workshops and training, and offer partner-building and networking opportunities. There will be industry-leading speakers and breakout sessions available, as well as opportunities to earn Continuing Legal Education credits (CLE). Learn more about our speakers at Event Sponsors include the Amity Erickson (MARS Board Member), Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Columbia Heights Police Department, Connexus Energy, the Gemmer Foundation, Minnesota State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, and Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution.

Executive Director Bernadette Kafoe expresses the importance of the event given local and world events, “We are pleased to provide opportunities for educators, students, police officers, legal professionals, and community members to learn more about alternative dispute resolution and how it applies to their day-to-day work. Alternative dispute resolution can improve school climate, increase public safety, promote peace and justice, and offer opportunity for reconciliation.”  Learn more about the Rebuilding Community at

MARS is located in Blaine and provides services with a statewide footprint. The organization’s mission is to provide accessible, affordable mediation and restorative practices to underserved populations, to help them resolve their own conflict, repair harm and engender safe, healing communities.

For questions or interest in sponsoring, please call 763-422-8878 or email Visit to learn more about the organization.


April 25
8:30 am - 4:00 pm CDT
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Anoka-Ramsey Community College
11200 Mississippi Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433-3470 United States
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