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This year over 400,000 Americans will die prematurely due to cigarette smoking. Globally, close to eight million more smokers will die too early. While some forms of noncombustible tobacco and other nicotine products have risks, it is generally recognized that these products are significantly lower in risk than cigarettes or other combusted products.
The Institute for Environmental Negotiation has facilitated The Morven Dialogues on Tobacco, Nicotine and Alternative Products Harm Reduction since 2011. The Morven Dialogues give stakeholders and experts an opportunity to meet in a safe haven and have honest, constructive conversations about how to move forward in this new regulatory environment.
The topic of the first dialogue was focused on the ethics and viability of corporate (tobacco, pharmaceutical, biotech, food or other) funding that would support sound research and also protect the integrity of the research, the researcher and the academic institution. The March 2011 dialogue entitled “Using Corporate Funding to Support Independent Harm Reduction Research,” was attended by some two dozen people of highly diverse interests. Despite this not being an intended outcome, participants produced a set of consensus Core Principles that was released in October 2011.
In May 2012 a second dialogue held at Morven centered around “The Changing Environment of Tobacco, Nicotine and Alternative Product Regulation: Developing a More Coherent and Rational Approach.” Due to FDA oversight, scientific research, innovation, and competition are changing very rapidly. This dynamic environment is influencing the development of new products, and the modification of existing ones, prompting tobacco stakeholders to consider how this growing spectrum of products might be better regulated based on risks, relative risks, and intended uses. The dialogue in May gave stakeholders and experts an opportunity to meet in a safe haven and have honest, constructive conversations about how to move forward in this new regulatory environment.
Plans are being made for a third dialogue in summer 2013.
For more information, please visit Forum for a Civil Dialogue on Tobacco, Nicotine, and Alternative Product Harm Reduction.
The Virginia Natural Resources Leadership institute (VNRLI) provides Virginia’s leaders with skills to address complex environmental issues in a collaborative manner. Each class of leaders from Virginia’s industry, businesses, local and state government, and the environmental community works together in a year-long program that provides challenges in conflict resolution, personal leadership, and collaborative dialogue. VNRLI is a partnership between the University of Virginia’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Forestry. Founded in 1998, with its first full-year program in 2000, VNRLI is funded by a combination of tuition fees and grants. The year-long program consists of a series of six 3-day workshops in various locations across Virginia. The class curriculum involves three components: personal leadership, collaborative problem-solving, and key natural resources challenges in the state. Each session focuses on a different natural resource issue, including the Chesapeake Bay, water quality, land use, coal mining, forestry, sustainable agriculture, TMDLs, and more.
In 2007, Virginia’s General Assembly issued a statement of “profound regret” for the Commonwealth’s treatment of African Americans and Native Americans. That statement called for citizens to “embrace, celebrate, and retell” their history and called upon the people of the Commonwealth to “express acknowledgment and thanksgiving” for their contributions. A number of individuals at the University of Virginia have determined to follow that formal statement with a collective response to the legacy of slavery, segregation and discrimination in the history of the University of Virginia.
The UCARE project began in Fall of 2007 with the Institute and the Office of African American Affairs and the Carter G. Woodson Institute compiling a database of individuals and organizations that would be involved in this effort. This database will also identify relevant activities, events, curriculum and research ongoing at the University of Virginia.
In November 2013, UCARE organized a statewide conference. Virginia Universities and Race History Conference brought together faculty, students, administrators, staff and community members for dialogue on slavery, its aftermath and its persistent influence on the present at Virginia’s colleges and universities. The Keynote speaker was Dr. Craig Wilder. The attendees explored varying traditions and experiences that have to do with race and the myriad ways slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation affect the present. Read more about the conference here: http://virginiaslaveryconference.wordpress.com/.
We expect that this will lead to a systematic, coordinated effort involving University students, administration and faculty and staff, alumni, and community members in defining how this University community can complete the transition from any continuing legacy of slavery and segregation to a community of shared purpose. This examination would not duplicate, but instead build upon the initiatives and resources already in place. Its goal is to transition to a community in which recognition and understanding of all of our past, the bad and the good, allows us develop authentic relationships based upon integrity, trust, accomplishment and shared purpose. We will understand our history but our future will no longer be defined by that history. The project is funded with a generous grant from the Andrus Family Fund. For further information, go to http://ucareva.org