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Mr. Tom Wahlrab

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Phone: (937) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: t***@***.org
Local Address:  United States
Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation
371 W. Second St 3Rd Floor
Dayton , Ohio 45402
United States

Company Description: The ISCT was founded in 1999 to study and promote understanding of conflict and intervention processes from the transformative perspective. The ISCT supports and...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MS Ed.
    University of Dayton
  • BA
    Central State University
  • M. Ed.
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Board of Directors - Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, 7 June 2015 [cached]
Thomas Wahlrab, Vice President;
Fellows - Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, 7 June 2015 [cached]
Thomas J. Wahlrab
Tom Wahlrab is the former Executive Director of the City of Dayton (Ohio) Human Relations Council and the Dayton Mediation Center. Mr. Wahlrab is one of the principal facilitators of the community conversation that resulted in the Welcome Dayton Plan. He supported the process that resulted in the City of Dayton's Second Generation Disparity Study and subsequent Procurement Enhancement Plan Ordinance and Policy. He has thirty years working in government and private sector environments involving affirmative action, contract compliance, civil rights, mediation and conflict management, community building, civic engagement and workplace team systems development. Tom received a BA from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio and a MS Ed. from the University of Dayton. Mr. Wahlrab is a Fellow and Board member with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT), a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and a founding member and first chairperson of the Ohio Community Mediation Association.
Tom Wahlrab, Former ..., 15 July 2015 [cached]
Tom Wahlrab, Former Executive Director at City of Dayton Human Relations Council and Founder of Welcome Dayton. Resident of Montgomery County.
"My trajectory is to bring people ... [cached]
"My trajectory is to bring people together, support their decision-making, support their agency, and realize possibilities that no one could imagine if they would go out there and just problem solve it."- Tom Wahlrab, former director of Dayton Human Relations Council
Tom Wahlrab, Executive Director of Dayton Ohio's Human Relations Council (HRC), was aware of the challenges immigrants faced building a life in a new country and noticed that many of Dayton's immigrants, when faced with housing discrimination, did not submit civil rights claims.
Tom spent his career building consensus in the fields of transformative mediation and organizational development. He participated in civic engagement initiatives as a mediator, in both a professional and a personal capacity, before being appointed by the City Commissioner to the Human Relations Council, the civil rights agency of the city administration. Drawing on his background in bringing people together, Tom designed and facilitated the community meetings that resulted in Welcome Dayton.
Contextual Intelligence
During his professional career, Tom advocated for marginalized groups, working with businesses and governmental organizations as a mediator within the field of organizational development and workplace team development. He has worked with communities and the government as a civic engagement professional, a mediator in professional and volunteer roles, and as the Executive Director of the city's Human Relations Council, responsible for protecting and promoting civil rights in the city. He has also worked on issues including affirmative action and contract compliance, which straddle the sectors of business, government and the community. Now retired, he continues to support conflict resolution in the immigrant community through the Dayton Community Business Conversation, where members of the community can present issues in a private and confidential setting. His efforts to build consensus among conflicting factions has taught him the different interests within various sectors, while creating personal connections in the Dayton metro area.
Transferable Skills
Tom's work as both a mediator and a government appointee allowed him to design the initial phase of the Welcome Dayton Initiative as a community conversation led by a government organization, rather than as a top-down government initiative. Prior to Welcome Dayton, Tom trained in mediation with Baruch Bush and Joe Folger, the founders of the transformative mediation model, and organizational development and civic engagement from Peter Block, an expert in community building and organizational management.
Tom strengthened his communication skills to prioritize collaboration, patience, receptiveness, and the human need for autonomy and community. His style promotes self-organizing, connectivity, and ownership of issues by the community. Tom made it a point to invite friends and colleagues from various social groups to the trainings to strengthen the mediation and civic engagement principles among members of different community groups.
Integrated Networks
Through his role as the Director of the Dayton Mediation Center and the Human Relations Council and his civic engagement work, Tom established himself as a problem solver within government agencies, the business community, and among community leaders, and social service providers. He developed connections with a range of parties involved in immigrant issues, from the police force to representatives of the various immigrant communities. Tom sent an organizing statement to his network of contacts, asking them to invite anyone they thought would be interested, which attracted about 150 people to the conversations that resulted in the Welcome Dayton plan.
Intellectual Thread
Tom has practiced transformative mediation for over 20 years, working on issues ranging from affirmative action and civil rights to contract compliance. This skill set helped him unite many individuals from various social strata and sectors to discuss immigrant contributions and issues in the community.
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The Welcome Dayton Plan was written through a series of conversations held in 2011 that eschewed hierarchical structures and speeches in favor of conversations where people felt recognized and on equal footing, regardless of their position in society. Tom imagined the Welcome Dayton conversations would be an environment where people could have a discussion rather than hear a speech.
Tom and others wanted to shift away from the national discussion about immigration, which was dominated by negative perspectives, focusing on illegality and economic threats.
Tom continues to mediate within the immigrant community through the Dayton Community Business Conversation.
Receiving Communities Initiative | Welcoming America, 10 Nov 2014 [cached]
Tom Wahlrab, City of Dayton, Ohio
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