Consultation provides the opportunity to work with an expert to address questions and/or concerns. In a consulting session, we work together to access resources and support professional development in any of the following areas:

  • Navigating conflicts and challenging conversations
  • Negotiating with colleagues
  • Aligning expectations and mentorship
  • Mentoring others
  • Understanding Institute policies and procedures 

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Mediation provides the opportunity to engage with a trained facilitator to informally resolve disputes between parties. In mediation, all parties must agree to willingly participate, and participation does not guarantee agreement. Issues that do not qualify for mediation (e.g., policy violations, decisions on tenure and promotion, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or research misconduct) will be referred to the appropriate Institute unit. Mediation often involves individual and joint sessions with a trained mediator and may address disputes in the following areas: 

  • Authorship disputes
  • Communication challenges
  • Interpersonal conflicts
  • Misaligned expectations 

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Training provides the opportunity for individuals and teams to explore the topics of navigating conflicts and negotiation. Training sessions are broadly applicable to a wide audience, though they are customized to the audience for maximum impact. Typically, training sessions are held for 1-3 hours, depending on the goals and objectives. Additional time provides opportunity for individuals and groups to engage in activities that explore concepts more fully, including the following: 

  • Establishing psychological safety
  • Actively listening
  • Separating facts from stories
  • Creating mutual purpose
  • Achieving productive dialogue
  • Understanding and aligning interests
  • Effectively mentoring others 

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Coaching provides the opportunity to work collaboratively with a thought partner to advance personal and professional goals. Coaching often involves a longer commitment than consulting (e.g., 3-6, 60-minutes sessions) on a topic of your choosing, such as: 

  • Navigating conflicts and challenging conversations
  • Identifying values and goals that guide your academic and professional commitments
  • Troubleshooting areas of work where you feel stuck
  • Imagining future career steps and leadership possibilities 

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