Thursday, June 28, 2012

Harvard Mediation Program

By Amanda Frye ’13

HMP continued to build community and momentum this spring through training, social events, ongoing review of our curriculum, and a transition in leadership.

Twenty-four new mediators joined the program in the spring semester. Revamped “Coach the Coaches” and “Train the Trainers” sessions emerged out of the Curriculum Review Committee (CRC), as well as a new module lesson plan which was tested at the February training. The work to review and update the HMP training curriculum will continue in the fall. We also held a number of advanced training events, including ones on corporate mediation and giving and receiving feedback. Occasional lunchtime debriefs with clinical supervisor Prill Ellis remain a favorite.

The HMP community connected with a number of social activities. A Valentine’s Day party in the HMP office featured delicious homemade treats and allowed members to make their own valentines. Co-president David Zins held a potluck at his house to allow prospective board members to chat with outgoing board members. Elections were held, and an exciting slate of new officers was elected to head HMP in the 2012-2013 year. New mediators met with their class for a final event at the HMP graduation and shared illuminating stories about their first mediations.

Long-time community member and Malden liaison Shiona Sommerville has been revitalizing opportunities for out-of-court mediations, including our tenant-to-tenant program in her new role as Case Coordinator, a position vacated earlier this year by Mike Steinberg when he moved to New York. Shiona spent the spring working to firm ties with local housing authorities and find new mediation opportunities with partners such as Animal Control.

HMP will miss our many members who graduated with the class of 2012. Our last event for the semester was a celebratory party for the graduates and their family members. We wish them the best of luck in their careers and hope that the skills they learned and the friends they made in HMP serve them well!

For more information about HMP or to get involved, please visit our website, or email co-Presidents Amanda Frye or Jacob Rogers.