Conflict Mediation Services for Students

Dear UT faculty and staff,
This is an email to inform you about the UT Project on Conflict Resolution.  We provide conflict mediations on campus between students, professors, staff, or community members. We also provide consultations for individuals facing a conflict, facilitations for meetings and student groups (including class project groups),and trainings for conflict mediators. Additionally, we host an annual research conference and a summer camp for high school students, as well as administer a Graduate Portfolio Interdisciplinary Certificate in Dispute Resolution.

Our mediators are undergraduate students, graduate students, and staff who have taken 100 hours of training while enrolled in CMS 371K Practicum in Conflict Mediation. Participants join the Society of Professional Mediators and may continue to mediate upon completion of their training.  I am the professor for the class, have a background in conflict mediation, and direct the services provided.

We are emailing you to ask that you refer individuals and groups who may benefit from our services to us.

This is a terrific time for conflict mediation and other support services at UT. If conflict mediation is not quite what you need, staff, faculty, and students also have official ombuds services provided by the university. There is also at least one student-run conflict mediation club on campus. We encourage any and all people who are interested in conflict mediation to get involved in promoting these helpful ideas for society but please note that campus clubs that do not have “UTPCR” or “Society of Professional Mediators” in their name are not affiliated with the UTPCR and their mediators have not taken our 100 hours of training. Our mediators are professionally trained in a UT course and supervised by UT Faculty and our mediations are free and confidential. If your students need conflict services, we ask that you direct them to us.

We can be contacted by responding to this email or calling us at 512-471-1950.

Madeline M. Maxwell
Professor of Communication Studies
Director, UT Project on Conflict Resolution