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.