The Western Justice Center (WJC) hosted its 16th annual Peer Mediation Invitational (PMI) last week hosting 129 students and 28 faculty advisors from 15 middle and high schools from across the Greater Los Angeles area. Student peer mediators joined us at the Richard A. Chambers Courthouse over two days to practice mediation skills with coaching from professional mediator volunteers.
I’ve been teaching for 23 years, the last seven as a substitute teacher in the same school district. I’ve seen some patterns that trouble me - predominantly Black students being disciplined and singled out as “trouble” and students pointing out teachers who treat students of color poorly. The post-election climate did not help as many children were distressed over the immigration status of their families.