Several Clayton State University students from a variety of majors have been competing, and winning, in Mediation tournaments during the month of October.
A regional tournament was held at Brenau University on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6, Bertha Amosu (Peachtree City), an accounting major, earned the First Place Mediator Award. Management majors Walter Gray (Macon) and Sabrina Green (Dawson) won an award as a top advocacy team.
On International Conflict Resolution Day, Oct. 12, Georgia State University held a mediation tournament and symposium. At that event, Rachel Hohenstein-Higgins (Jackson), a legal studies major, was given the Second Place Peacemaker Award. Other Mediation Team members include Carrie René Thomas (Morrow), a psychology major, and Latangila Hodges (Rex), a supply chain management major.
Team coaches are Dr. Judith Ogden, associate professor of Business Law, and Alicia S. Myrick, coordinator of Community Standards. Just prior to each tournament, teams are sent an edited version of facts for several cases, although all cases will not be used at the tournament. During a round, one team member is matched with a student from another school, and they will serve as co-mediators. The other team members play a party to the dispute and that party’s advocate before a different pair of mediators. Students are scored on their performances as mediators and as an advocacy team.
The students are now preparing for the national competition which will be held on Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, at Brenau University. Students interested in mediation training or peer mediation opportunities typically contact Ogden at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, on campus tournaments are being organized for spring.