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Peer Mediation Program

"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding". -- Einstein

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The Peer Mediation Program joined the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking in the 2011-2012 academic year.

Peer Mediation Overview

Mediation is an informal process that takes place with the presence of a neutral third party, a mediator. The Peer Mediator is trained to help both parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement to settle their dispute and hopefully transform the conflict.

The process is designed to be cooperative and problem-solving in nature. The Peer Mediator is there to guide and help, not solve the conflict for the participants. Those coming to a mediation will be empowered and encouraged to find their own solutions with the help and guidance of the trained Peer Mediator. The Peer Mediators do not take sides or make decisions for others, but help participants communicate more clearly and resolve misunderstandings to gain an understanding of the nature of the conflict and the needs of all parties involved.

A Typical Peer Mediation Session Includes: 

  • A time for both parties to speak one at a time without interruption or name calling.
  •  Both parties have an opportunity to tell their side of the story while the mediator remains neutral. 
  • A "brainstorming" session takes place during which the mediator helps the parties arrive at a resolution. The mediator may suggest options for agreement but the final decisions regarding the conflict rest with the participants. 
  • If an agreement is reached, all present at the mediation sign it and each participant and the mediators get a copy to take with them.


Our Peer Mediators:

  • undergo a 24-hour training course that prepares them to mediate at Elizabethtown College.
  • learn each of the steps in the mediation process as well as how to be prepared for special circumstances.
  • participate in mediation simulations, role play exercises, as well as witness mediations taking place in the community.



  • All mediation conversations and sessions are confidential. The Peer Mediators adhere to a strict confidentiality policy that they agree to uphold as members of the Peer Mediation Program.
  • All notes and written communication taken during a mediation session will be destroyed or secured in the Center's office for further training and debriefing.
  • All mediation participants are also asked to adhere to the confidentiality policy that is discussed as a part of each mediation.
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