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Leah Wing wrote to tell us about a Social Justice Mediation training that will be held twice this upcoming summer (May 30 – June 3, 2007 & August 26 – 30, 2007) in Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A. for those interested in becoming trained mediators from a social justice perspective. The Social Justice Mediation Model was developed in response to the pattern that has emerged in the field of mediation revealing that mainstream mediation is not equally serving all segments of the population. Despite the demonstrated success of mediation, recent research shows that it also routinely reproduces privilege both structurally within the institution and interpersonally between disputing parties. In this training, participants will undertake a critical examination of how and why this occurs in the mainstream approach to mediation and will investigate a new strategy that accounts for privilege and works to undermine it. Check out the training details on the website: http://people.umass.edu/lwing/.

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Sandy Heierbacher
Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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