Announcements and Events

Unlocking the Magic Behind Mediation

Join us for Conflict Resolution Month Events Throughout October

You don’t need to be a mediator to use the techniques. Join the Workplace Mediation Service in October to learn and practice the techniques that we use to address conflict.

October is Conflict Resolution Month and the UMB Workplace Mediation Service (WMS) will celebrate with several activities. Throughout the month WMS will highlight mediator techniques that you can use at work, when teleworking or on campus, and approaches to addressing conflict.

We have events planned throughout the month:

Oct. 7 Fun for WMS Mediators-in-Training

Oct. 14-31 Mediator Techniques and Resources from our mediators

Oct. 21 Joint Telework Open Forum webinar with HR's Organization & Employee Development

Oct. 28 Coworker Feud Game: Fun with mediator techniques*

*Participate to enter to win a free one-hour conflict management training for your office.

Additional details and RSVP information will be posted soon.

 

Workplace Mediation Service
Aisha Samples, MS
410-706-4270
mediation@umaryland.edu 

September 24, 2020

To address the increased conflict and stress and its impact on the work of UMB employees, WMS now provides mediation for an even broader range of conflicts that impact our work.

We know that stress and anxiety are high at this time. These conditions, combined with limited movement and being stuck with (or away from) others, only increases conflict. Mediation is an informal option to address issues in the early stages. Things that are appropriate for mediation include work-related conflicts about sharing space, noise, and duties with partners, roommates, neighbors, and others who are not UMB employees.

Can this expansion help you and your work? Contact us and we can talk about the situation and see if mediation or another University resource is appropriate. 

Workplace Mediation Service
Aisha Samples, MS
410-706-4270
mediation@umaryland.edu 

May 13, 2020

Expanded Access to Mediation

WMS is excited to announce that we are accepting mediation requests directly from employees. We can now assist employees immediately when they contact WMS to request mediation. This direct route to mediation is in addition to our referral process. 

You may call or email us to request mediation or to discuss whether mediation is appropriate for your situation.  

Workplace Mediation Service

Aisha Samples, MS
410-706-4270
mediation@umaryland.edu

April 2020

Serving Employees Remotely

We are open for all employees during the episodic teleworking period. Since we can’t meet in person, WMS can now provide mediation in a remote environment through a variety of appropriate tools.

You may call or email us to request mediation or to discuss whether mediation is appropriate for your situation.  

Workplace Mediation Service

Aisha Samples, MS
410-706-4270
mediation@umaryland.edu

April 2020

We are recruiting UMB faculty and staff to serve as mediators

WMS mediators help employees address conflict collaboratively. Our current mediators are C-DRUM staff members in the Francis Carey School of Law. At this time a limited number of additional mediators are needed. Additional mediators are needed to build a mediator roster which better represents UMB, consistent with the University’s Core Value of Diversity. More mediators will also help WMS shorten the amount of time that it takes for employees to get to the mediation table.

Interested faculty and staff will complete an application and participate in a review and interview process. Selected individuals will receive mediation training and ongoing skills support from the Workplace Mediation Service.

Join our roster of mediators. Applications are due April 24, 2020 at noon. Information sessions will be held on 

  • Monday, March 23 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 24 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 2 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Thursday, April 16 frm 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Interested employees should review the information on the WMS website, attend an information session, and contact us with questions. You may email mediation@umaryland.edu or call 410-706-4270.

March 2020

Event: Don't Let Conflict Scare You! Open House

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Francis King Carey School of Law
Center for Dispute Resolution, Suite 411
500 W. Baltimore St.

You are invited to an Open House hosted by the Office of the Ombuds and the Workplace Mediation Service.

It’s Conflict Resolution Month and almost Halloween. Join us for our Not-So-Spooky Open House.

Meet the staff of the Office of Ombuds and the Workplace Mediation Service and

  • Learn a few conflict de-escalation tricks — and leave with some treats. We’ve got conflict de-escalation techniques and activities to share.
  • Get your Launch Your Life punch card stamped. Bring your card or get one at the Open House, while quantities last. Attend a total of 9 Launch Your Life events and be entered into a grand prize drawing.
  • Enter to win a free one-hour conflict management training for your office.

Questions? Contact Aisha Samples at mediation@umaryland.edu or Brian Godette at bgodette@umaryland.edu.

October 2019

UMB President's Newsletter article about the launch of the Workplace Mediation Service

Full October 2019 UMB President's Newsletter 

Article on The Elm

You may call or email us to request mediation or to discuss whether mediation is appropriate for your situation.  

Workplace Mediation Service

Aisha Samples, MS
410-706-4270
mediation@umaryland.edu

October 2019

Announcing the Workplace Mediation Service

The Workplace Mediation Service, which launched Sept. 3, is excited to provide mediation services to all UMB employees (staff, faculty, and student employees). UMB leadership decided to offer workplace mediation to complement the dispute resolution services that are available at UMB. The Workplace Mediation Service offers a voluntary and private mediation process to help employees address conflicts.

You may call or email us to request mediation or to discuss whether mediation is appropriate for your situation.  

Workplace Mediation Service

Aisha Samples, MS
410-706-4270
mediation@umaryland.edu

September 2019