MUM students place in national mediation tourney
On the heels of second-place finishes in a regional mediation tournament on campus, a team of Maharishi University of Management students traveled to Arlington, Texas, where they were one of four teams to qualify for the semi-finals in both the mediator category and the advocate/client category.
The team of Tal Ron from Israel, Mirah Dumasia from New Zealand, and Almar Meijles from the Netherlands took seventh place in both categories at the National Undergraduate Mock Mediation tournament sponsored by the International Academy of Dispute Resolution.
“M.U.M. was by far the smallest school in the tournament, competing in the semi-finals against much larger schools,” said professor Vicki Herriott, the team’s coach.
The M.U.M. team went head-to-head with teams from schools such as Boston University, the University of Texas, Dallas, the University of Texas, Arlington, Holy Cross, the University of San Diego, the University of Dubuque, and Principia College.
Herriott is proud of the team’s performance, but feels the most important reason to compete is to give the students the opportunity to meet students from all over the country and share in a common endeavor to learn to use mediation as a means to resolve conflict.
“Students are much more confident in their skills both as advocates for a position and as facilitating mediators after participating in the mock mediation tournament,” she said.
In the regional tournament on campus late last month, M.U.M. students competed against 45 students from seven other colleges and universities, winning second place in both the individual mediator and advocate/client categories.
Used with permission from The Review, Maharishi University of Management’s electronic newsletter.