Peer Mediation Program
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary process in which a trained neutral mediator helps others resolve conflicts. The mediator is neutral. She or he facilitates communication and helps explore new ideas.
Mediation is informal, confidential, and fast. The parties to the conflict make key decisions and all final decisions about the outcome. With their mediator's guidance, they create their own solutions. At any point the parties can refuse to participate or refuse a particular solution.
What Happens During Mediation?
Mediation is a simple, trustworthy, and productive process.
- Each party describes the problem from his/her perspective; each party listens fully to each other's perspective
- Mediators will ask questions to become clear on the issues
- Mediators may request private sessions for each party, keeping confidentiality
- Mediators may caucus together to develop strategies toward resolution
- Parties identify the problem, prioritize their needs, and find common goals
- All parties then brainstorm to determine best solutions
- The parties decide what new solutions can serve each of their needs
- All parties and mediators sign an agreement, setting a date for a follow-up check-in
All students are invited to apply for Peer Mediation Training (without the commitment to become a Peer Mediator). Training experience includes:
- Basic principles of collaborative dispute resolution
- Extensive role-play and practice activities
- Helpful hints for conducting mediation
Why is Mediation Training valuable?
- Gain lifelong skills
- Gain a valuable job credential
- Help create an atmosphere of justice and fairness in student life
Become a Peer Mediator
With training in mediation skills, Peer Mediators commit to assisting in dispute resolution using the mediation process. All students are invited to apply to become a Peer Mediator Peer Mediator Application (PDF) l Peer Mediator Application (Word)
Mediation training has benefits for your personal and professional development including obtaining skills for problem-solving, listening to understand people's needs, and reducing conflict in your life and work.
- Receive 40 hours of University-verified mediation training
- Develop personal problem-solving, listening, and relationship skills
- Develop mediation and negotiation skills applicable to career opportunities
- Develop skills needed in local, national, and international settings at all levels
- Participate in 40 hours of training
- Attend monthly Peer Mediation meetings
- Participates in the Stag Explorer Program (see application for further details)
- Serve on-call as mediators
- Participate in Peer Mediation Club activities
- Promote mediation and recruit new mediators
- Present workshops or class presentations on mediation for University audiences
Apply to Become a Peer Mediator: