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Campus Mediation Practicum

The Campus Mediation Practicum offered to students interested in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and techniques necessary to mediate interpersonal disputes and disputes specific to institutional judicial systems. The practicum consists of two courses — Campus Mediation Practicum I (CMP 1) and Campus Mediation Practicum II (CMP2).

Practicum Goals

  • Provide the opportunity for growth and development of participants under a Transformational Learning Theory and Experiential Learning Theory model grounding.
  • Model an alternative problem-solving method—mediation—to Respondent participants, with the hope that exposure will increase the Respondent’s use of the mediation techniques exposed to in future conflict situations.
  • Repair harm to those directly impacted through direct interaction with the Facilitated Dialogue process, and increase the understanding of equity, dignity, and respect in the Cornell University community.
  • Provide an opportunity for campus collaboration between the Scheinman Institute and the OJA.
  • Increase campus exposure to the work of the Scheinman Institute.
  • Help challenge the punitive reputation of the OJA by providing a concrete example of an educational experience through this pilot program.

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Course Descriptions and Requirements


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Katrina Nobles

Katrina Nobles
Director of Conflict Programs

Katrina Nobles is the director of conflict programs for the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), focusing on educating the next generation of neutrals and practitioners on campus and in the workplace. Nobles designs curriculum, instructs professional programs, and facilitates discussions for organizational workplace conflicts. She also teaches the Campus Mediation Practicum, an on-campus credit course that applies mediation skills to the campus judicial system, allowing students to work as peer mediators. Nobles has presented at national conflict resolution conferences on Facilitating Collaborative Problem Solving, Cross-Cultural Communication, and Conflict Diagnosis. In addition to her position at Cornell, she facilitates for the Global Nomads Group, bringing together, through video conference, K-12 students in the United States and Middle East/North Africa region. She has practiced mediation for over 10 years, and prior to her employment at Cornell, Nobles was the Cortland County Coordinator for New Justice Mediation Services. During that time, Nobles mediated hundreds of community, child custody/visitation, child support, and family disputes. Director Nobles holds a master’s degree in conflict analysis and engagement from Antioch University Midwest.

See Katrina Nobles’s faculty profile on the ILR website.

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