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Dec. 21 free talk explores ‘Designing eviction mediation as a tool for violence reduction’

Dec. 21 free talk explores ‘Designing eviction mediation as a tool for violence reduction’

The non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center will host a free talk on Dec. 21 as part of their “Finding Solutions, Growing Peace” Brown Bag Lunch Series.  Talks are third Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

This month’s speaker is Deanna Parrish on the topic “Designing Eviction Mediation as a Tool for Violence Reduction.”

“In a typical year, 3.6 million eviction cases are filed in the U.S.  Since 2021, there have been over 80 deaths related to removing people from their homes,” said Parrish.  “Eviction diversion programs could help diminish the possibility and stress of losing a home, reduce violent outcomes, and increase overall housing stability.”

In this talk, participants will dive into dispute resolution solutions that can keep those involved in housing conflicts safe.

Deanna P. Parrish serves as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, a Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, and the Assistant Director of the HNP Negotiation Teaching Network.  In these roles, she teaches and supervises graduate students in their coursework and clinical practice related to negotiation and dispute resolution.  She is a certified mediator and active member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Ku‘ikahi’s Brown Bag Lunch Series is free and open to the public.  Attendees are encouraged to enjoy an informal and educational talk-story session and connect with others interested in “Finding Solutions, Growing Peace.”

To get the Zoom link, register online at

For more information, contact Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center at 808-935-7844 or [email protected].  Or visit

This lunch-and-learn series is made possible thanks in part to funding from the County of Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i Island United Way.

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