Apply Now for Social Justice Mediation Training!

Registration is now available for our annual Social Justice Mediation Training, hosted by the University of Missouri System Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Columbia, MO on January 2-4 and 7-8, 2019.

The training is open to all University employees from across the UM System. Please promote this to those staff and faculty who may be interested in a great professional development opportunity!

Applicants must complete the online application by November 5, 2018.

Training overview

January 2-4 and 7-8 , 2019 MU Student Center Room 2205 A&B 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for all five days.

Participants will be trained to mediate while applying a social justice lens to their own techniques, working to ensure a fair process for all disputants. The training explores the relationship between social justice and how conflicts develop and are resolved through lectures, interactive activities, analyses of (actual) videotaped mediation session, skill improvement, and role plays.

Participants will receive a mediation certificate upon successful completion of the training. Training will be limited to 24 participants.


To apply for the upcoming Social Justice Mediation Training, please complete the online application.

Costs associated with the training will be covered by the UM System Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Individuals or sponsoring departments are responsible for any costs associated with participants’ travel, housing accommodations, and food.

Who leads the institute?

Deepika Marya, Ph.D.

Deepika teaches in the Commonwealth Honors College at University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She has been teaching in higher education in the United States for the past decade and a half. A dispute resolution trainer since 1997, Deepika introduced critical theory to the field of mediation and integrates conflict resolution theory with multicultural approaches to conflict. She has trained at dozens of public and private educational institutions and organizations across the U.S. and provides consultation services for the development and implementations of peer mediation programs. She is co-trainer at the Social Justice Medication Institute.

Leah Wing, Ed.D.

Leah is a member of the Legal Studies Program faculty at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst where her research and teaching apply Critical Race legal theory to mediation. Since 1985, Lean has been a mediator and trainer for educational institutions, government agencies and non-profits. She serves on the Association of Conflict Resolution Board of Directors (2002-6), is on the editorial boards of Conflict Resolution Quarterly and The International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution, is co-director of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution and is co-trainer and director of the Social Justice Mediation Institute.

More information is available through the UM-System Social Justice Mediation Training website.