Comments from OCDC Alums

“As part of my doctorate training in School & Child-Clinical psychology at
Pace University, I have taken on clients for psychotherapy, and find our initial intensive training to be incredibly helpful and illuminating when working with patients. In therapy, as in many things, it's not really about the orange!

- Logan Hegg ’04

“I currently work as a 4th grade teacher and utilize the skills and perspective that I learned with OCDC daily, whether it be in helping 4th graders to resolve conflict, creating a classroom environment where all can share their voices and feel empowered, or looking with a social justice lens into the interactions between co-workers, administrators, families, and students.

“I see myself as an agent of change through my teaching. I carry OCDC with me in how I perceive and interact with the world, particularly in my current role as a teacher.”

- Melissa Hines ’07

“As much as I value my Oberlin education in general, my experiences with OCDC have unquestionably had the most pointed impact on both my personal life and my career path. I have used the skills and perspective I gained from this organization every day since my first training session (over seven years ago!) and am intensely grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the group. OCDC fundamentally changed the way I approach conflict, relate to others, and understand myself.”

- Mary Conger ’03

“I don't think that a day goes by when I don't think of the Dialogue Center and how much I learned from my experiences there, lessons that still impact my life.

“I think of my experiences with OCDC—the learning I experienced in training, roleplays, and mediations and in my interactions with other OCDC-ers—as nothing less than transformative, and I can only be grateful, as I continue to do my best to keep multipartiality and social justice in my thoughts and actions. OCDC also gave me invaluable connections with people I still consider mentors and friends.

“I am now enrolled in Portland State University's Conflict Resolution program and loving it. The more I learn about the field of conflict resolution, however, the more glad I am that OCDC was my introduction to the field. As I talk with my peers in the program, issues of bias in neutrality and power imbalances often arise, at which point I can't help talking at length about OCDC and the amazing work all its members do. The more I know about conflict resolution, the more I appreciate just how important and truly transformative OCDC is. Thank you, YB and everyone I knew from OCDC, for inviting me to be part of the family and learn as much as I did from all of you.”

- Kara Carmosino ’08

“The biggest lesson I took from my SJI/mediation training is the concept of multipartiality. When I try to be impartial, I am not fully understanding where the speaker is coming from. The model of multipartiality and being an ally to all the participants enables me to identify with and understand better where each participant is coming from. This enables me to be a better mediator and allows the mediation to come to a point where both parties feel heard and more willing to make compromises. I find this skill invaluable also in my daily life.”

- Henry Barnor ’03