Resolutions Northwest (RNW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating dialogue to advance social and racial justice and resolve conflict. Founded in 1985 by a small group of community members who sought to address juvenile crime and reduce violence, the organization merged in 2014 with Uniting to Understand Racism. That partnership incorporated a social and racial justice lens to make RNW a leading voice for reason, equity and mediation today – a key reason RNW was among the chosen nonprofits in the 2017 Willamette Week Give Guide.

The organization offers a wide variety of services: mediation, facilitation, seminars and training – including this series that begins January 19, 2018.

Mediation is a service where a trained individual will assist two parties that are in conflict at work, home, or in the neighborhood. Facilitation is a service designed to open up discussion about issues in a group setting.

Resolutions Northwest also offers training workshops designed to help organizations develop the skills to reduce conflict, and promote diversity and equity. Lastly, this organization promotes the idea of Restorative Justice, which is the philosophy of being responsible for one’s actions that have harmed someone. They promote the idea primarily in schools around the Portland area, and seek to end juvenile violence through the introduction of dialogue.

The organization is making great strides to promote equity and justice in our community, and is working around the clock to make the Portland area a better place. profiled Resolutions Northwest as part of our award-winning Community Voices series. The podcasts, featuring key members of the organization, are below.