Program Description


To provide the chemistry graduate student body with a resource to help diffuse, if not resolve, problems, conflicts, and concerns.

Design of Membership

  • February 2001: 4 mediators
  • February 2002 (and on):  8-12 mediators

Ideally, each of the years, from second year on, shall be represented by 2 members of the program. The program will also aim to represent minorities, women and men, and people from all four divisions of chemistry.

Commitment of New Members

Before becoming a member of the program, each interested individual must:

  • have a written “approval of participation” by that individual’s advisor
  • have at least 10 signatures from graduate students indicating the signer’s support of the interested individual’s will to participate in the program
  • have a meeting with the existing members of the program to discuss his/her interest in, and reasons for wanting to join, the program
  • be approved for a position in the program by head of the chemistry department
  • go through the basic training in mediation at MIT (or have equivalent certification)

Roles of Committed Members

Each member of the graduate student mediator program must:

  • equally share in the responsibilities of the program
  • be available to any student in chemistry to address their concerns
  • participate in regular meetings with the rest of the student mediators to discuss/evaluate the status, direction, responsibility and up-coming functions of the program
  • be responsive to the will of the program as a whole
  • yield to situations beyond the call and/or capacity of student mediation
  • agree to maintain confidentiality, within the bounds legally mandated by MIT

Termination of Existing Members

A member of the program who wishes to no longer participate may do so. Faculty mediators, or the department head in consultation with the faculty mediators, have the authority to dismiss a student mediator. Student mediators in no case have the authority to dismiss a student mediator, but they may address such concerns with the faculty mediators to be handled by the faculty mediators.