Breakout Session I 2:00pm– 2:45pm



Dr. Diane Allerdyce

The Professor at the Hub of Global Community Outreach and
Educational Advocacy

Dr. Diane Allerdyce, Room 120

This presentation focuses on how educator-practioners at Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice's programs in Florida and Haiti draw upon an interdisciplinary theoretical framework to facilitate reflective practices. These practices, in turn, emphasize partnerships, professional development, and service.

Diane Allerdyce, Ph.D., is the co-founder of Toussaint L'Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice in Delray Beach, Florida, where she serves as Chief Academic Officer. She is also a core faculty member in the Humanities and Culture track of the Cohort Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Studies at Union Institute & University. Dr. Allerdyce was trained as a poetry therapy facilitator and is a past-President of the National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT). She received the NAPT Distinguished Service Award in 2007 and the NAPT Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009. She has extensive experience as a National Trainer for the Classroom of Difference Program of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and is a member of the ReThinkHaiti Task Force on Educational Reform. Her book House of Aching Beauty: Selected Poetry and Prose on Haiti, Heartbreak & Healing 2007-2012 is forthcoming this year.



Constance Beutel

Education and Sustainability: Comprehensive Action for Social Justice
Constance Beutel, Ed.D., Room 118 (presented via Skype)

We are facing unprecedented challenges for humanity: Severe weather changes through climate change; unsustainable consumerism and resource depletion and degradation; loss of cultural and bio-diversity. Today’s leaders have a critical opportunity to address these issues and act with urgency and intelligence.

Constance Beutel, Ed.D., has spent a career in high technology and is deeply committed to action for a sustainable future. She is a futurist and engaged community activist. She serves as the Chair of the Benicia, California Community Sustainability Commission, writes a weekly column for her local newspaper and is a professional filmmaker.



Dr. James Caraway

Community or Collective: Two Kinds of Being and Two Ways of Knowing
Dr. James Caraway, Room 124

In this presentation, Dr. James Caraway describes the foundational dynamics of ‘community,’ contrasts community with ‘collective,’ and describes two kinds of being and the corresponding two ways of knowing—which differentiate community and collective. Dr. Caraway then illustrates how these help us understand the foundation of a community of learning.

Dr. James Caraway has taught philosophy, theology, administrative science and management at a variety of undergraduate schools, including Emory University, the University of Tennessee, Dowling College and NYU. His administrative experience includes serving as Dean of Faculty at three colleges/universities and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Dowling College. He has authored or edited eight books and published essays in the fields of philosophy, theology, literature, management, and education. He has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences. He holds a M.Div. and Ph.D. from Emory University and an Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Caraway is currently a professor in the Ed.D. program.



Don Lacher Larry J. Chavez, M.P.A.

Police and School Partnerships: Innovative Intervention Strategies for High Risk Youth
Don Lacher & Larry Chavez, Room 210

Utilizing a collaborative model, the Monrovia Police Department and Monrovia School District launched a task force to reduce student truancy. Their innovative strategies reduced daytime burglaries and increased average school attendance in the district.

Don Lacher is Chair of the Criminal Justice Management program. He has worked at Union for six years as a faculty advisor and professor. Don retired at the rank of Captain with the Monrovia Police Department with 31 years of service. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the California University at Los Angeles and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne. He served as a law enforcement advisor for the Republic of Lithuania and has been a frequent lecturer to the People’s Republic of China on the topic of critical incident management. Don’s Command College project on “The Impact of High-Risk Youth on Medium-Size Police Departments” became the model utilized to establish a partnership between the police department and school district to impact truancy in the community.

Larry J. Chavez, M.P.A. began as an adjunct professor and faculty advisor for the Union Institute and University in the Sacramento Center in 2006 where he joined the Criminal Justice Staff. He earned his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of California in 1976 and his undergraduate degree from California State University, Sacramento. Professor Chavez retired from the Sacramento Police Department in 2002 after 31 years of service. His area of expertise was crisis communication, serving as the Senior Hostage Negotiator for 18 years. As a result of this experience, he became a nationally-known trainer and consultant on organizational violence. A graduate of the FBI Hostage Negotiations School at Quantico, Virginia, Professor Chavez has authored and published several articles on the subject of workplace violence awareness and prevention.



Dr. Ben Williams

Generating a Community of Learners: Exploring Wikis
Dr. Ben Williams, Room 209

This presentation/discussion will examine Wikis as an intermediate form of academic presentation and dialog. We will look at Wikis and their capacity to develop an intermediate place, somewhere between a threaded discussion and formal essay or paper and connect this idea to generating a more connected and complex community of learners.

Dr. Ben Williams is part of the M.Ed. faculty. He is also the site supervisor for the M.Ed. VT program. Ben has worked in formal and informal learning communities for many years and is currently working with a community and economic sustainability project in Lubec, Maine called the Cobscook Community Learning Center.



Break 2:45pm–3:00pm

Breakout Session II
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Keynote Speaker: Peter Block, M.A.