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Sulaiman Nuriddin, M.Ed., Men's Intervention Program Manager


Sulaiman Nuriddin began working with Men Stopping Violence in 1987. He works intensively with the DeKalb County (Georgia) court system, intervening with men who have been arrested for domestic violence. He has been instrumental in planning effective interventions with men of color who batter.


“Innovative Collaborative Strategies in Reentry”

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Lee Buckley, Community ReEntry Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Corrections


This workshop explores collaborative models for prisoner reentry that engage community and faith based resources, and strengthen the families of men and women who are leaving prison and returning to the community.  Highlights of the results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Offender Reentry Plan (MCORP) pilot program will be discussed. Options for community engagement for mentoring adults and juveniles coming out of the correctional system and children of prisoners. 

  • Understand effective community-based models for prisoner reentry, 
  • Understand the impact of the DOC MCORP pilot project,
  • Understand options for volunteer engagement and its impact on strengthening families impacted by incarceration.

Conscious Communication" 

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Sulaiman Nuriddin, M.Ed., Men's Intervention Program Manager


This communication tool is the basis for healing in Imago Relationship Therapy.  If you and your partner learn and practice this one skill regularly, you will stop the re-injuring process and begin to open the way for conscious healing.


“The Citizen Father Project: Changing the Image of Manhood and Fatherhood in the Urban Community and Beyond”

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Guy Bowling, FATHER Project Manager


The Citizen Father Project is a community action project developed in partnership between the Citizen Professional Center (U of M) and the FATHER Project.  High achieving fathers and professionals have worked together in partnership to develop a community action project with the goal of developing and delivering messages about the importance of healthy, active fathers.  Information about the Families and Democracy Model as a framework for the work will be discussed, as well as the impact and broader vision of this initiative.

  • Participants will increase their cultural competencies in working with families with very young children.
  • Participants will develop knowledge and strategies to create connections and partnerships to promote the optimal development of all children.
  • Participants will have opportunities for personal and professional reflection and rejuvenation to support their practice in working with families with very young children.

“Juvenile Justice Reform Hennepin County”


Phillip Gray, Community Liaison


Provide information to the public about the new initiatives in Hennepin County corrections.

  • information about JADI
  • information on the effectiveness of the project
  • information on community input
  • information on volunteer opportunities

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