Leadership

Prof. Homer C. La Rue

Board Chair

“I believe that the RCI, with its 30% metric, promotes a deliberate evidence-based approach to increasing diversity in arbitrator, mediator, and other dispute resolution neutral appointments.”

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Dr. Katherine Simpson

Interim CEO

“The RCI and its proven 30% metric will help counsel and institutions appoint more diverse neutrals.”

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Haydeé Rosario

Vice Chair

The groundwork done by the Ray Corollary Initiative with its 30% metric has provided a clear path to increase the appointments of diverse neutrals in the ADR field. Historically, the nature of the dialogue and initiatives created to address the lack of diversity in the ADR field were limited to the challenges involved in the selection process and the hardships faced by diverse neutrals during the selection process. The RCI’s initiative has changed the paradigm of how to examine the lack of diversity in the ADR and has created a framework to effectively expand and diversify the rosters of ADR neutrals. The RCI’s 30% metric, with its research, detailed plan for action as well as the hands-on support provided to diverse neutrals, is already transforming the ADR field.

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Alan A. Symonette

Treasurer

“As an arbitrator involved in arbitration of collective bargaining disputes for over 30 years, I have come to recognize the importance of establishing and maintaining a diverse contingent of neutrals. The American workforce is quite diverse, and workers are demanding neutral decision makers who recognize and are empathetic to the changing cultural dynamics of the workplace. The RCI represents a significant effort towards reaching that goal.”

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Andrea Gansen

Andrea Gansen

Secretary

“Fairness in the workplace is a fundamental element for having engaged and productive employees. Processes that systemically inhibit the perception of fairness are obstacles that, as employers, we must continually strive to correct. In the union arbitration world, the system of dispute resolution and the players in that system need to be seen as credible and, to some point, empathetic. It is critical that our last step of ‘industrial justice’ has the quality of diversity included as a part of its authority. Implementation of the RCI pledge is an effective tool to achieve this end.”

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Michael J. Gan

“It is critical that workers know that the arbitrators who are selected to hear their disputes reflect the diversity of our workplaces. The RCI will help to make that a reality. Arbitrator selection is key to any dispute resolution process and incorporating DEI principles with the 30% metric will be the hallmark of any forward-looking arbitration program.”

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Christopher M. Kwok

“For far too long, there has much talk about diversifying ADR neutrals. The RCI proposes a framework to make it happen and challenges the industry to move from talk to action. The time is now.”

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David Allen Larson

“It is one thing to believe that it is important to increase diversity in arbitrator, mediator, and other ADR neutral appointments. It is another thing to take action to accomplish that goal. I believe the Ray Corollary Initiative (RCI), which encourages ADR providers, selectors, and influencers to create rosters that include at least 30% diverse neutral candidates, can help achieve this goal.”

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Rebekah Ratliff

“Serving on the RCI Board is an opportunity to be a change agent in the dispute resolution space and to make impact for the next generations of peacemakers.”

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Sarah Miller Espinosa

Sarah Espinosa

“The Ray Corollary Initiative’s 30% metric is a concrete step toward increasing diversity in the selection of arbitrators. Arbitrator diversity enhances the quality and credibility of arbitration systems and benefits all the participants in the arbitration process, parties, arbitrators, advocates, and appointing agencies. I also believe RCI is an important component in furthering diversity in the field of dispute resolution.”

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Allen Waxman

“The RCI pledge represents an evidence-based approach to encouraging parties, their counsel and ADR providers to consider a more diverse slate of arbitrators for their matters.  And RCI has further supported that consideration by hosting events to breed greater familiarity between selectors and prospective arbitrators and to overcome implicit and explicit hurdles to more diverse panels.”

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Keisha Williams

“As a legal practitioner, the lack of diversity in arbitrator appointments was evident. The Ray Corollary Initiative’s mission to increase diversity in arbitrator appointments addresses a long-standing need to have the pool of arbitrators better reflect societal and workplace diversity.”

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Sasha Carbone

“The Ray Corollary Initiative stands at the forefront of increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  RCI’s approach goes beyond mere dialogue; it actively involves all key ADR stakeholders in creating meaningful change. This collaborative strategy is essential for arbitration and mediation’s sustained legitimacy and success as effective dispute resolution methods.”

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Joanne Saint Louis

The Ray Corollary Initiative’s (RCI) 30% metric is critical to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the ADR profession. RCI Inc. has created actionable goals to increase the visibility and selection of diverse dispute resolution professionals. The initiative takes a collaborative approach and allows ADR institutions like JAMS, as well as outside and in-house counsel, to be change agents. The RCI is vital to addressing inclusion and equity issues within the ADR industry, and we are proud to be a signatory to the RCI Pledge.

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Ellen Waldman

The RCI pledge represents one clear step that stakeholders in the ADR field can take to diversify neutral selection. For providers, like CPR,  committed to the development and nurture of a cadre of ADR practitioners who are representative of the heterogeneous population they seek to serve, supporting the RCI Pledge is an obvious choice. 

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