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September 2015

 

Conflict Mediation Program: For a more harmonious workplace
Dante Morelli

 

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Nobody likes having an adversarial relationship with a colleague. Research shows that stressful relationships with supervisors or coworkers can impact an individual emotionally and physically—both at work and off campus.

Given the size, structure and diversity of SCCC, it’s inevitable that conflicts will sometimes arise, so the FA has established the Conflict Mediation Program (CMP) to help develop positive, proactive and participant-driven solutions.

The CMP provides a safe, confidential space for faculty to manage and potentially resolve conflict between members or between our members and other college personnel, such as administrators or support staff.

What is mediation?

  • Strictly confidential. Mediation is a process by which solutions can be developed without involving your academic chair or area supervisor, other administrators, other co-workers in your department or area, etc. The FA officers will not know who has or has not participated in the CMP. Only I, as CMP coordinator, your mediator and other participants will know that you have participated in this process. All participants sign confidentiality agreements.
  • Neutral. The mediators do not take sides in the mediation process or its outcome. No party is here to be judged, find fault or impose a settlement.
  • Proactive. The purpose is to assist participants in resolving the problem(s) between the parties. Mediators have no authority to tell parties what to do or to impose a settlement; the participants control the outcome.
  • Voluntary. Participants must agree to the process and should come into it with an open, positive mindset.

Who are the mediators?

Thirteen FA members have undergone intensive training to serve as mediators:

  • Suzanne Barretto-Wansor
  • Nick Bosco
  • Jonathan Brockman
  • Courtney Brewer
  • Elizabeth Cone
  • Misty Curreli
  • Elisa Mancuso
  • Dante Morelli
  • Patty Munsch
  • Matthew Pappas
  • Justin Turner
  • Sean Tvelia
  • Jane-Marie Wright

How do I request mediation?

Faculty who wish to request mediation should contact me at dante@fascc.org or 451-4963.