What Social Justice Mediation Institute participants have said about the training...

 

“This was an amazing, informative experience that has definitely changed my practice.  I have been in so many mediation experiences that I felt ignored oppressive dynamics and I feel much more comfortable now incorporating your model to help with that.  Keep up this incredibly important work!”

“Wonderful!  Very thoroughly thought-out.  I appreciated the balance between theory and practice.”

"I work for a foundation and I use the skills from your training often.  I'm a huge advocate for your mediation training, and think everyone (especially those in philanthropy and police+community relations) should participate!"

“I am trained as a 'qualified neutral' - a form of mediation that complies with some state's requirements to practice - so I've been involved in a range of mediation trainings. The Social Justice Mediation Institute is exemplary and extraordinary in the consciousness it brings to power analysis, and how to work effectively with oppressive systems. Besides the superb content, the trainers bring a wealth and depth of personal integrity, which they skillfully telegraph to students in ways that make it irresistible to emulate. I am so grateful this training exists."  Rebecca Frost, Embodied Arts™ Movement Therapist, Educator, Writer, Mediator

“I am using my skills learned from the two of you at every mediation. I can't say enough about how it changed my perspective as a mediator. Keep doing what you're doing."  Divida Gude, Attorney/Judge/Mediator

“What I learned at the Institute has completely shifted the framework through which I view nearly everything. I don't mean to sound melodramatic, but it was a transformational week for me."  University Administrator

“Roleplay practices were great!  I learned a ton by actually working through issues – transitioning from theory to practice.  I became more confident in my mediation skills.”

“Extremely excellent.  True highlights.  Exceptionally skillful.  Heartwarming.”

“Awesome job!! Made me feel comfortable at all times and welcomed.”

“I’ve always felt uncomfortable talking about identity issues because of my identity and of how/where I was raised.  You provided a place for me to explore these issues, confront my ignorance and get over my fears of addressing these problems.  I can say now that I see them, I will do my best to fix them, and I’m no longer afraid to speak up and out.  Confidence, beyond anything else, is the most valuable thing I’ve learned.”

“Your deep familiarity with the content and process made it possible for you to ‘teach without notes’ without sacrificing content.”

“The trainers were all very appreciated.  Rare mix.  Stellar.  To be straightforward and at the same time it’s 'not about you' is so generous and skillful.  You do a fabulous job of bringing your transparent selves and your skill-sets in balance and in a nuanced way."

“Absolutely fantastic! The heterosexism exercise was very dynamic, the colonization exercise was incredibly eye-opening and very important.”

“I just wanted to thank you for an amazing week of training, I learned so much and can't wait to use all of it in my life and in my career! It was way more than I could have even hoped for, so thank you so much!"  Undergraduate Student, Senior

“The packet that I received during your mediation training is among the reading material that I packed with me. It outlines the mediation process while using the social justice lense. I have told people about the training and how useful it has been. One thing I always tell people is how the training draws in such an interesting crowd, it's great!"  Peace Corps Volunteer