Mindset Mondays

Monday, 7 December 2020
Holiday Traditions - A Refugee’s Perspective

Aous Alhabbar, trainer for the NCRC Refugee Communication Skills Workshop, shares the importance of asking others how they celebrate the holidays.

Monday, 30 November 2020
2020 Hindsight: Harnessing the Power of Self-Reflection

Is there an effective and meaningful way for us to rebuild relationships through socially-distanced conversations or video calls? Emma Celeste, Project Manager at the National Conflict Resolution Center, shares tips for building a personal connection. 

Monday, 23 November 2020
Finding Gratitude Amidst a Pandemic and More

It's human nature to obsess over things that are barely broken while not considering at all the things that are working well. Kathryn Shade, Senior Program Manager at NCRC's Center for Community Cohesion, shares why it's important to shift our focus from things that we don't have to what we do have.

Monday, 9 November 2020
Post-Election Decision: Stay Divided or Find a Path Forward

The election has led us to a cycle of divisive polarization once again and it’s the kind that pulls a nation apart. Ashley Virtue reminds us all that we have a choice: stay divided or find a path forward together.

Monday, 2 November 2020
Election Anxiety: 3 Self-Care Tips to Reduce Stress

Nearly 70% of U.S. adults say the presidential election is a significant source of stress, according to the American Psychological Association's Stress in America survey this month. That's a 52% increase from the 2016 election. In today's #MindsetMonday video, Smhale Leon shares three self-care tips to help reduce stress and anxiety.

Monday, 26 October 2020
Addressing Bullying: Finding the Root Cause of the Problem

October is the National Bullying Prevention Month. Let this be a reminder that in addressing bullying, check-in with every party involved and give them time to explain what happened - from their perspective. Remember, there are always at least two sides to every story. Everyone has a reason why they make the choices that they do. Instead of being too quick to judge, let us learn how to listen and make sure that each individual is fully heard.

Monday, 19 October 2020
When Students Bully Teachers

Now that most classes have gone online, educators are faced with challenges that they didn’t have to deal with before. First, teachers had to adjust to virtual learning. Second, some of them had to fend for themselves against students who tease, prank, and bully. Educators are getting exhausted. Some are feeling defeated. Is there anything we can do to make the new normal better for both students and their teachers?

Monday, 12 October 2020
Honoring Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 12th was  Indigenous People’s Day – a day to honor the rich and wonderful history of Native Americans. Did you know that Native Americans are responsible for creating a system that we use at the National Conflict Resolution Center every day?

Restorative justice is actually rooted in a process that Native Americans have been using for thousands of years. Native Americans have long believed that healing, restoration, and the reintegration of individuals into their community, is more important and has more significant results than punishment. At the National Conflict Resolution Center, we have a robust restorative program that works with youth to help them stay out of the notorious “Pipeline to Prison” system. When a young person has committed a crime, we strongly advocate for involving them in a restorative process to make amends for that crime, instead of the more traditional punitive court-system. We do this by bringing together victims, offenders and their supporters to come up with an action plan that youth can do, to help make the situation right again. Today we honor and thank the Indigenous People in our country – for providing us with such an important process and way of thinking. It has made a difference in the lives of countless individuals who have had a second chance to get back on their feet.

Monday, 5 October 2020
Addressing Cyber Bullying During a Pandemic

Did you know that October is National Bullying Awareness month?

With many students attending school online, we encourage parents, caregivers, and educators to be on alert for behavior changes and other signs that a child is being bullied. Virtual learning is a whole new world and along with it can come risks such as cyberbullying. Ashley Virtue, Dir. of External Relations, explains how and why cyberbullying is happening and how caregivers can help students. 

Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Continuing A Path Forward

"Human beings by nature are afraid of other people who are different from them. And what NCRC does is demystify other." - Beth Sirull, Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego