The Yeworkwha Belachew Center for Dialogue

Social Justice Mediation and Facilitation Training

Photo of YBCD Mediators and Facilitators
Photo credit: Dale Preston '83

YBCD believes conflicts between two or more individuals often are better resolved through mediation or other informal and relational methods. We encourage college community members to consider informal strategies for resolving disputes as often as possible. The office of the Ombudsperson and YBCD sponsor a six-day social justice mediator and facilitator training every two years during winter term.

The first two days focus on social justice concepts that help mediators in training to strengthen their multipartial competencies. The next three days are spent learning and practicing mediation skills while applying a social justice lens. The final day of training equips mediators to adapt their mediation skills for use in group settings for larger and more public discussions.

At the conclusion of the training, participants are certified by Oberlin College in accordance with the state of Ohio’s mediation mandates. After certification, participants become members of YBCD and will be expected to volunteer to mediate and or facilitate once or twice each semester over a two-year period.

The ombudsperson assigns trained YBCD mediators in pairs to support the program's goal of multipartiality. Mediators help parties in conflict to identify needs and interests as well as possible solutions. YBCD mediators recognize the differences in power and privilege and address these dynamics so that all parties can be supported and have their voices heard.

If you are interested in joining the ranks of the 43 trained student, faculty, and staff volunteer mediators and facilitators on campus please apply. The next training is scheduled for January 11-16, 2019.  Application and selection timeline:

  • Applications will be accepted between June 1 and September 25, 2018.
  • Applications will be reviewed September 20-26, 2018.
  • Interviews will be conducted September 27 to October 12, 2018.
  • Invitations to participate will be sent by email no later than November 1, 2018 with a deadline to accept or decline by November 8, 2018.
  • Candidates will be admitted from the waitlist between November 2 and 10, 2018.

Note: The training begins each day with continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided each day.

YBCD will plan options for full and half winter term credit for those who desire or need to earn winter term credit during January 2018. The days and units of training are interdependent.

Students will need to be present for each day of training for the full day. The program will not accommodate individuals with other winter-term commitments that are scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. between January 11 to 16, 2019.

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