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 Escondido Village Graduate Residences. Credit: Andrew Brodhead

Meet the Mediators

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The peer mediators are talented undergraduates and graduates who have undergone 25+ hours of training in conflict resolution as well as continual professional development.

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.

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Specific mediators can be requested and we’ll do our best to accommodate. Find out more about them below.

Emily He

Emily is a first-year medical student. She became a peer mediator to promote deep, lasting, and productive human connection through listening, clear communication, and conflict resolution. She has experience mediating conversations regarding racial bias and diversity, cultural misunderstandings, and interpersonal disagreements in the academic and extracurricular setting. 

Ellie Luchini

Ellie is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in History and Archaeology with a minor in Human Rights. She became a peer mediator to help others solve conflict in a healthy manner, set boundaries in personal spaces and workspaces, and create long-lasting meaningful relationships. She has experience mediating conversations between friends, romantic and/or sexual partners, roommates, classmates, members of student-run organizations, and peers in LGBTQIA+, religious, low-income, and grieving spaces. She can also assist in mediating conversations where individual(s) have experienced fatphobia.

Aden McCracken

Aden is abroad for Spring quarter and will return to the program in the Fall.

Aden is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Medical Anthropology with a minor in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Writing. He focuses his studies on identity, resistance, and radical forms of care within the intersection of deep poverty and drug use, using an autoethnographic, arts-based, and body-centered approach to do so. He has most experience mediating within disability, drug-using, and low-income communities and recovery spaces. 

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Meet the Professional Staff

Ankita Rakhe (Assistant Dean for Student Support/Director for Special Projects, Office of Inclusion, Community and Integrative Learning) manages this program. She will review incoming mediation requests and help peer mediators manage cases.