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Abstract

The Ellison Model Executive Mentoring Inclusive Community Building Model (The Ellison Model) is used in training people to initiate and implement inclusive community building (ICB) projects using executives and professionals from a variety of fields and industries to mentor university and pre-college students, all serving as mentors at each succeeding level of function. The model promotes ethical values and inclusion in community development. Participants at ICB conferences receive conflict resolution, relationship management and cultural sensitivity/diversity training through interactive and dramatic techniques. This essay examines the theoretical premises upon which The Model bases its philosophies. Theories examining the nexus between culture and conflict are also explored. Conflict resolution as a unitary process (from the individual perspective) is also discussed within the context of relationship management.

Author Bio(s)

Dr. Claire Michèle Rice is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida Memorial College. She was Visiting Assistant Professor in the DCAR at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Science (SHSS) at Nova Southeastern University. Rice received a Ph.D. at Florida International University in Comparative Sociology with concentrations in race, ethnicity and immigration studies, sociolinguistics and cultural analysis. Her research has focused in the areas of socio-linguistics, inclusive community building, conflict resolution, and mentoring.

Dr. Deryl G. Hunt’s higher education consists of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Fort Valley State College, a Master of Arts in Sociology from Atlanta University, and a Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. In the late 1990’s, he developed The Ellison Model, a mentoring approach to building inclusive communities, as well as The Ellison Model Management Plan. In 2002, Dr. Hunt developed an ICB Conflict Resolution Model. He has trained executives, middle level managers and line workers in Panama, Haiti, The Bahamas and the U.S. He served as an Associate Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services at Florida International University. He has also held administrative and faculty appointments at other universities. Dr. Hunt published extensively, and authored The Ellison Model Management Plan and Community Moments and Teachable Seconds. Dr. Hunt wrote the song, “’The Lady,’ An Ode to Margaret McDonald.” His latest work is the development of a conflict resolution and family relationship model.

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