On May 10th, College Ten themed floor, Rumi's Field, planned an event on nonviolent communication, conflict resolution and conflict transformation in light of Rumi's teachings. A speaker panel from the Resource Center for Nonviolence and a couple of residents that live on Rumi's Field engaged in a conversation that brought about the ideas of nonviolence and conflict resolution in today's world.
The residents of Rumi's Field took a 1 unit class in the Fall Quarter taught by Amanda Cook on Nonviolent Communication based on the concepts of Marshall Rosenberg. NVC is all about self-empathy, empathy for others and honest self- expression using "I" statements. These "I" statements are used to express one's needs, feelings, and requests in any sort of situation. Being able to communicate strategically and effectively is a great skill in college, home and in a professional setting.
Being the Resident Assistant of this floor has been a great experience because I get to interact with and work with energetic residents on a daily basis who are passionate about nonviolent communication, self transformation, and social justice issues.