The Center for Business and International Negotiation in the College of Business at Clayton State University recently held the University’s first Undergraduate Mediation Tournament.
The Tournament, which was open to all undergraduate students in any major, sought to introduce students to mediation, provide them with skills training, and give them an opportunity to practice those skills. The first place award went to Sia Amadu, Legal Studies major from Lithonia, Ga., and the second place award went to Siraaj Rhett, a Legal Studies major from Stone Mountain, Ga. These and other students are now preparing for off-campus tournaments taking place later this fall.
Last year’s Clayton State mediation team won multiple awards at every competition they entered, including first place at the International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament.
Clayton State’s tournament boasted an impressive group of judges, including members of the Center for Business and International Negotiation’s Advisory Board. Judges included: Shinji Morokuma, director of the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution; Frederick Flory, attorney and mediator, and adjunct professor at Clayton State; Angela Dash, Ph.D. candidate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and future ombudsperson at Northeastern Ohio Medical University; Carolyn Raines, mediator, facilitator and trainer, and CEO of the New Decision Management Associates, Inc.; and Latangila Hodges-Bellamy, Supply Chain Management graduate from Clayton State and member of last year’s winning Mediation Team. Well-known mediator Bob Berlin also served as a judge and provided the opening training with a presentation on, “Skillful Question in Mediation.” Berlin is an attorney, former judge, therapist, and founder of New Decision Management Associates, Inc.
The following students volunteered to play disputants in the tournament: Toyah Fiatoa, a Management major from Stockbridge, Ga., Ashley Stewart, a Management major form Morrow, Martine Moore-Simmons, Management major from Ellenwood, Ga., and Jacqueline Wright, a Legal Studies major from College Park, Ga. Dr. Judith Ogden is the director for the Center for Business and International Negotiation and Dr. Diane Fulton is the associate director.