community, and economic developmeNT
creating a positive environment
Benefit of all stakeholders.
standard of commitment to quality management and cultural diversity.
shift for personal and
"It's Not the Problem That Counts,
It's the Solution."
The traditional perspective of relationship building is the process of individuals attempting to create bonds with other persons of interest – persons who may be of like-minds and who may share commonalities such as goals, interests, experiences, ancestries, and socio-economic backgrounds.
The Ellison Model views relationships as the collective out of the integration of inclusion, effective mentorship, multicultural appreciation, and conflict resolution. Relationship building within The Ellison Model does not have to be pursued, but is an inevitable by-product when the other foci are in effect.
The traditional perspective of conflict resolution is the management of outward behaviors between two separate parties.
Conflict resolution within The Ellison Model framework requires that people first understand conflict as internal turmoil, therefore a unitary process. The Ellison Model works with individuals to help them identify internal conflict in order to lead them through a process whereby the individual becomes unified internally and then progress towards unified relationships with others.
The traditional perspective of mentorship is the practice of guidance and support by those who are empowered toward those in need; however, the mentor is typically the only person in the mentor-mentee relationship dispensing knowledge while the mentor is the only person in the relationship who is learning.
The Ellison Model describes mentorship as the commitment of those with knowledge to share in the guidance and support to the least knowledgeable. The Ellison Model believes that everyone is a Mentor and works to assist individuals in recognizing and embracing their capacity as mentors in order to strengthen their leadership capabilities. Within The Ellison Model framework everyone is both mentor and mentee, simultaneously. In this case, while the mentor is dispensing knowledge, they are also receiving knowledge.
The traditional perspective of inclusion is the practice of incorporating the views and ideals of only those who are considered to be important. Inclusion in a traditional sense might only allow for the incorporation of those of like backgrounds, such as education level, income, religious views, or gender.
The Ellison Model describes inclusion as the practice of bringing in the views, ideals, and contributions of everyone in the community or group in order to have a greater knowledge base. In this way, one’s knowledge is expanded to include the knowledge of all those in the collective group. As part of The Ellison Model philosophy, it is believed that with inclusion, everyone has access to greater knowledge and resources, not from just a single source, but from the entire community.
The traditional perspective of multicultural appreciation is the acknowledgement of cultural differences centered mostly on ethnicity, nationality, and race. The Ellison Model views multicultural appreciation as an acknowledgement of multiple perspectives and ways of knowing resulting from individuals’ differences such as socioeconomic backgrounds, lived and historical experiences, age, gender, and religious and political beliefs.
The Ellison Model helps individuals use individual differences as a point of connection in order to increase their potential to build better relationships with others. At this point, relationships are initiated and in time, the original differences that shaped individuals’ perspectives – the difference that once existed between individuals, groups, or communities – lose their significance. Now relationships continue to develop around an appreciation for similarities (grounded in The Ellison Model values of trust, honor, and respect) that are found in the process of relationship building in spite of the initial differences brought by the various parties.
The Ellison Model promotes character, community, and economic development and embraces caring, sharing, loving, trust, honor, and respect as its basic tenets suggesting that when people work harmoniously to create a positive environment all stakeholders benefit. As such, TEM upholds a standard of commitment to quality management and cultural diversity.
The model was named after Dr. Helen Ellison, the Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs at Florida International University for her demonstrated skillful approach to establishing a harmonious environment of diverse individuals in the work place. The uniqueness of The Ellison Model is the inclusive community building approach; a lens through which individuals can view themselves and the world around them.