Social Justice Mediation Training May 13-17, 2019

A mediation training that includes an exploration of how identity and power imbalances affect the development and resolution of conflict


Social Justice Mediation Training: 

Participants will explore the relationship between social justice and how conflicts develop and are resolved through lectures, interactive activities, analyses of (actual) videotaped mediation sessions, skill improvement, and roleplays. 

Participants will receive a mediation certificate of successful completion of the training. 

Why a social justice approach to mediation?

The Social Justice Mediation model was developed in response to a growing body of scholarship revealing that commonly used mediation models and practices do not serve all disputing parties equally despite best intentions. Although there has been demonstrated success of mediation for many, research has also shown that it routinely reproduces privilege both structurally within the institution and interpersonally between disputing parties. Social Justice Mediation Training undertakes a critical examination of how and why this occurs in mediation and introduces principles and new strategies that account for privilege and work to counter its discriminatory impact. Participants are trained to mediate using a social justice lens that is focused on their own intervention strategies while helping disputing parties reach their own mutually agreeable solutions. The training is open to both previously trained mediators and those without any mediation background.

More than 4000 people have been trained in this model and it has been utilized by over 100 campuses and organizations across the country. It has been praised for preparing mediators to effectively respond to the realities of conflicts in diverse organizations and communities.