March 17, 2017


SUBJECT:    Call for Nominations Faculty Mediation Training - Deadline 3/24/17

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is launching a Faculty Peer Mediation Program expected to commence next fall. The Program is designed to empower faculty to help resolve disagreements between colleagues through facilitated negotiation and civil discourse.

We are accepting nominations and self-nominations for faculty committed to promoting healthy conflict resolution and who wish to participate in the Program. To become a certified mediator, faculty must complete 40 hours of rigorous mediation training and pass a series of performance-based simulations. EDI has partnered with the National Conflict Resolution Center -- an international leader in mediation instruction and conflict resolution -- to provide the training and certification.

The training will be held on campus, and breakfast and lunch will be provided each day of the program. Please note that certification requires 90% attendance, meaning that only up to four hours can be missed.

1) Thursday, April 27: 8 am - 4 pm
2) Friday, April 28: 8 am - 4 pm
3) Saturday, April 29: 8 am - 4 pm
4) Friday, May 5: 8 am 4 pm
5) Saturday, May 6: 8 am 4 pm

This skill-building course will introduce faculty to effective mediation techniques through a combination of lectures, simulations and participatory exercises. The curriculum meets the standards of the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act.

Upon completion of the training, certified faculty mediators will be expected to spend up to 20 hours each year mediating intra-faculty disputes. Faculty mediators will also be expected to hone their mediation skills and knowledge by occasionally participating in educational seminars and workshops.

If you are interested in participating in the mediation program or would like to nominate a colleague, please send an email no later than March 24 to MarDestinee Gutierrez at

Becky Petitt, PhD
Vice Chancellor of
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Alexander Norbash, MD, MS
Associate Vice-Chancellor for
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Climate and Professional Development