Natalie Davis is an Executive Assistant at George Mason University, which is the largest public research university in Virginia. Her role as a C-level executive assistant has made her an expert in communication, public relations, administrative support, and customer service. She has successfully completed a certificate program for Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) and has extensive knowledge of Higher Education field. Given her role in communicating across the university and with many internal and external members of the community, she has a particular interested in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. She focuses on positively building relationships within her organization and community, something she is extraordinarily passionate about; two of her top Strengthsfinder strengths reflect this – Positivity and Connectedness. One aspect of her current role is assisting in resolving conflict and concerns and is an area she quite enjoys. She looks forward to growing as a professional and continuing her education in the near future.
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Articles and Video:
Research Looks at Meaningful Ways to Promote Intergroup Contact
This article evaluates the study looking at why intergroup contact occurs; while much research is devoted to the benefits of intergroup contact, the authors here decided to look into why some might avoid intergroup contact, and how we might encourage intergroup contact to then reap those benefits.
Research Shows How Changing the Narrative Can Open the Door to Conflict Resolution
This article explores how the glorification of our ingroup (those whom we share identity with) contributes to conflict.
Research Shows We Can Work Toward Peace Through Understanding
This article addresses how our brain reacts when we feel understood versus when we don’t feel understood.
Research Concludes Regional International Organizations are Critical Mediators
The author discusses the critical need of regional international organizations (RIOs) to intervene in ethnic conflicts, but notes some of the surrounding limitations to creating sustainable peace, such as the level of violence or the restrictions an organization might face in their very design.
New Study Evaluates the Role of Misconception in Creating Conflict
This new study explores the idea that misconceptions are in fact a cause of conflicts. It is widely accepted that misconceptions are a root cause of conflicts, but it has not been thoroughly explored.
Recent Research Proposes Walking as Creative Conflict Resolution Practice
This article examines how walking may be beneficial to not only an individual, but to multiple people involved in a conflict resolution process.