Inter-Community Sindhi Dialogue

 

MEMO

To:                  Members of the Sindhi-US Community

From:              The World Sindhi Institute

Re:                  September 21, 2003: Inter-Community Sindhi Dialogue

 

The World Sindhi Institute (WSI) requests you to attend an inter-community dialogue meeting to be held in Washington, DC the day following WSI’s conference on “The Impact of Pakistan’s State Fundamentalism on Civil Society & Sindh’s Resistance to It”.

Date, Time and Location for the Dialogue:

Sunday, September 21, 2:00-4:00 PM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library

901 G St. NW, Washington, DC

 

Participants will include two or fewer representatives from each of the Sindhi organizations based in the US; as well as US-based Sindhi individuals who are not members of any of the organizations and wish to be active in helping to improve conditions for Sindhis in Sindh.

 

The purpose of the meeting is to begin an open dialogue between the many different Sindhi groups and individuals working in the US for the improvement of Sindh and Sindhis living in Sindh.  This meeting would be regarded as an introduction and first step in preparation for a weekend-long dialogue to be held at a future date, if participating parties agree. 

 

Two professional mediators will facilitate the dialogue.  Both mediators are skilled in community building and reconciliation, locally and internationally.  (See below for the mediators' biographies.)

 

The goals of these two hours are: to have a discussion about dialogue and collaboration, to learn from expert mediators on inter-community communication and cooperation, and to begin to lay out a unified mission of action which Sindhi-US groups and individuals could commit to while proceeding with their many different projects.

 

The success of the program depends on the participation of the key leaders of the Sindhi-US community, as well as the participation of those who have felt marginalized and would like to be involved in the US campaign to improve conditions in Sindh and for Sindhis.  Ideally, the community gathered on September 21 will be as near as possible to a true cross-section of Sindhis living in the US who are working for the betterment of Sindh for Sindhis.

 

The future plans for the inter-community dialogue will be determined by the end of this first two-hour session.  Therefore, the participating parties - not The World Sindhi Institute - will set the future agenda for ongoing inter-community dialogue.  WSI is merely launching this dialogue, and truly hopes it can be the beginning of a very important and timely movement to solidify the US campaign to improve conditions in Sindh and for Sindhis.

 

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Biographies of Mediators

 

 

Roslyn D. Brown

Director, Discrimination Complaint Review Unit (DCRU)

Internal Revenue Service

 

Roslyn D. Brown began her federal career at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in April 1974 as an Equal Opportunity Specialist, investigating individual complaints of discrimination, and conducting class-action investigations.

 

After working for 20 years at the EEOC, Roslyn joined the U.S. Customs Service in July 1994, as the Deputy Director of the National EEO program. 

 

She joined the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in June 1999 where she has been the Director of the Discrimination Complaint Review Unit (DCRU) since October 1999.  The DCRU’s responsibility, mandated by the Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 (RRA ‘98), is to review all EEO complaints that have settled or that result in a finding of discrimination, and make a preliminary determination as to whether the alleged discriminatory behavior was the result of “intentional” discrimination.  If so, such behavior would result in termination for misconduct and, in accordance with RRA ’98, the termination is not appealable to the Merit Systems Protections Board (MSPB).

 

Roslyn became certified as a Mediator for the District of Columbia in 1992 since receiving mediation training from the Community Dispute Resolution Center in 1991, and continues to mediate community-based disputes in D.C. with the U.S. Attorneys Office.  She also serves on the Department of Treasury’s Shared Neutrals Steering Committee, which has oversight for establishing criteria for Mediator certification and training for Treasury mediators.  She is also the Alternative Dispute Resolution policy advisor for the IRS.  She has had three articles published:

 

  • “Affirmative Action and Diversity” in The Public Manager magazine in 1995;  

  • “Think Win/Win” in The New Millennium Treasury Reinvention Magazine in 1999; and

  • "Meeting Change Head On” in the IRS Leader’s Digest magazine, in 2001, on the impact of RRA ‘98 on creating the environment and the opportunity for change at the IRS.

Roslyn has also made presentations at several national public forums:

 

  • August 2001:  Federal Dispute Resolution Conference in New Orleans, LA

  • August 2001:     Guest speaker on “FedTalk” radio broadcast

  • November 2001:  Public Administration Forum at Georgetown University

  • June 2002:  Guest speaker on “FedTalk” radio broadcast

  • August 2002: Federal Dispute Resolution Conference in Palm Desert, CA

  • August 2003: Federal Dispute Resolution Conference in Orlando, FL

Roslyn received a Masters in Public Administration from George Washington University (1984). 

 

 

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Margaret Smith

Academic Director, Peace & Conflict Resolution

American University

 

Margaret Smith is academic director of Peace & Conflict Resolution at the Washington Semester Program at American University in Washington, DC.  She has taught Political Science History, and Conflict Resolution at Tufts University of Massachusetts at Boston, The College of the Holy Cross, and Mount Ida College.  From 1995-2003, she was an Associate of Harvard University's Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

 

Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University. Her Doctoral research focused on the teaching of history in Northern Ireland and the question of how reformed history teaching can provide a mechanism for post-conflict peacebuilding. Her research interests include nationalism and ethnicity, European history, conflict resolution, and uses of memory.

 

Before completing her Ph.D., Dr. Smith worked overseas with conflict resolution programs in Europe, Australia, and Papua New Guinea, as well as in the U.S. In Papua New Guinea, she worked mostly with women, assisting them in confronting the uncertainties faced with the coming of independence.

 

During the 1990s, Dr. Smith has traveled a number of times to the region formerly known as Yugoslavia and to Northern Ireland, and has participated in conflict resolution work relating to Cyprus, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Eastern and Central Europe, and the Middle East.

 

Dr. Smith's high school education was in Glasgow, Scotland, and her Bachelor's degree is from Boston University.

 


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