The Lucy Katz Dialogue & Resolution Program
Lucy Katz, J.D., former professor of business law and former holder of The Robert C. Wright Professorship in Business Law, Ethics and Dispute Resolution, left an indelible imprint on the Fairfield University community. Her creation, along with Dr. Thomas Pelligrino, of the student peer mediation program five years ago provides mediation training and certification for students who go on to serve their peers and the University. Over the years, dozens of students have been trained and served in this important and unique role.
Lucy was also a strong advocate for principled and collegial dispute resolution among all members of the University community. She excelled as a teacher, a listener, and a mediator.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary process in which trained unbiased mediators help others resolve conflicts. Mediators facilitate communication and helps explore new ideas.
Mediation is informal and confidential. The parties to the conflict make key decisions and all final decisions about the outcome. With their mediators guidance, they create their own solutions. At any point the parties can refuse to participate or refuse a particular solution.
Steps to Your Mediation
- Complete the "Request Mediation Services" form
- The program will contact you via e-mail to review your form
- Schedule your mediation
- Mediation is facilitated by two mediators
- For further questions, contact Kamala Kiem at (203) 254-4053 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Process of a Mediation
(Adapted from Leah Wing, 1999)
There will always be 2 peer mediators and a coordinator present for the mediation process
The mediation is private unless
Situations threaten your life or someone else's or describes child abuse or neglect. These situations will be reported.
Role of Mediator
To listen and facilitate the conversation between you
Not to take sides, nor judge you (or tell you what to do)
Notes are taken to remember what you say
Participants can write thoughts down
All notes are destroyed at the end of the mediation
Speak to mediators not directly to each other
Write down thoughts instead of interrupting
We hope to reach an agreement, however please note that agreements cannot violate the law or student code of conduct
What will happen
All parties will meet together for introductions and guidelines
Each party will meet with the mediators privately to share their story
The mediators will privately transmit your story to the other party
This may occur a few times until all parties feel their story has been told and transmitted
Mediators will also work to reach agreement in private sessions
All parties will reconnect at the end to review the agreement
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
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