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Peer Mediators

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The Peer Mediation program is a peer to peer program where trained mediators serve as an impartial 3rd party to assist students in navigating a conflict or concern with another student.

*This program is only intended for Stanford students.

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Typical Cases

  • Academic disagreements
    • Ex 1: Lab mates who need to figure out how to work better together
    • Ex 2: Teaching team who had in-fighting that is disruptive to their teaching
  • Disagreements in student organizations  
    • Ex 1: Someone is not pulling their weight and the entire board needs mediation
    • Ex 2: Two student organizations are struggling to work together or feel like they have competing interests
  • Interpersonal disagreements
    • Ex 1: Two people with very different approaches to their friendship want mediation to continue to be friends
    • Ex 2: Two people do not want to be friends, but have to work together on a team or project 

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Our Approach

Techniques will focus on dialogue facilitation, conflict mediation, restorative justice and circle practices in a peer-to-peer model rooted in Indigenous and POC scholarly work.

History

In 2005, Stanford established a Center for Communication and Mediation (C-MAC) which was a collaboration with the County of Santa Clara and helped students to help their peers with issues on campus, as well as help folks off-campus. After the staff person who managed that passed away, the program momentum for the project dwindled. There has not been a peer mediation center for some time until 2021 when the program was revived and updated to accommodate and apply to the current student population.

 Escondido Village Graduate Residences. Credit: Andrew Brodhead

Meet the Mediators

The peer mediators are talented undergraduates and graduates who have undergone 20+ hours of training in conflict resolution. Your conflict may be within a personal relationship, a student organization, or something else—the mediators adjust to the needs of the group, facilitating a conversation that considers all participants’ needs and thoughts. They will not control the discussion, instead creating a space that will allow underlying tensions to be recognized, addressed, and resolved.

 Main Quad Credit: Andrew Brodhead

The Peer Mediators Process

The process to request a mediation should be simple and seamless.

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Peer Mediators FAQs

Explore frequently asked questions about Peer Mediators. 

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Peer Mediators Resources

In addition to Peer Mediation, Stanford offers a variety of conflict resolution resources for all campus community members.