The Power of Alternative Dispute Resolution: Resolutions and Equity Awareness

The Power of EEOs Alternative Dispute Resolution. Resolutions and Equity Awareness Month

A Note From our Director.


This month, we bring you “The Power of EEO’S Alternative Dispute Resolution.” The information we share this month centers on the importance of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)/Mediation within the EEO process, both informal and formal.

There are many benefits of mediation for both employees and management officials within the EEO lifecycle such as providing efficient and cost-effective ways to resolve complaints by a trained mediator. Follow us this month as we highlight what ADR/mediation is, the benefits of utilizing ADR, and how the EEO ADR/Mediation program differs from NIH CIVIL/Ombudsmen/Employee Assistance Program.

EDI’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program goal is that the NIH workforce can resolve their allegations of discrimination neutrally and fairly with a program built on trust. Alternative Dispute Resolution is implemented to ensure customers can have their internal and external conflicts solved at the lowest level within any part of the EEO process.

Kevin Williams

-Kevin Williams
NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


EDI Activities

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EDI’s Alternative Dispute
Resolution Program

August 10, 2022 | 11:00 AM EDT

In this presentation, EDI will formally introduce its in-house Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. James Hopkins, EDI’s EEO ADR Mediator, will provide a presentation to the NIH community on the new program, history of ADR, advantages of ADR, and how to elect ADR within the EEO process.

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The Benefits of Alternative Dispute
Resolution (Phoenix District)

August 17, 2022 | 11:00 AM MST

The EEOC’s Phoenix District will provide a presentation to the NIH community on the benefits of ADR. The presenters will provide this presentation via a panel of eight (8) mediators.

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Differences between NIH’s Ombudsman Mediation and EEO’s Alternative Dispute Resolution

August 24, 2022 | 10:00 AM EDT

Our very own, Victor Voloshin, Director of NIH’s Center for Cooperative Resolution (CCR) will provide a presentation on the key differences between EDI’s EEO Alternative Dispute Resolution and NIH’s Ombudsman process. The presentation will highlight when to seek EDI and when to seek the Ombudsman office to resolve workplace conflicts.

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Whistleblowing Presentation

August 25, 2022 | 11:00 AM EDT

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General will provide a presentation on Whistleblowing protections. The presentation will discuss history of whistleblowing protections, whistleblower overview, and applicable statutes for HHS civilians and Commissioned Corps Officers.