The goal of the Social Support and Mediation Committee is to provide a structure for all lab members to discuss concerns or conflicts within the lab. While we, as a lab, encourage all lab personnel to engage in open communication with their supervisor/supervisee and peers, we recognize that this is not always feasible or productive depending on the circumstances. Thus the committee will provide an alternative route for feedback, support for conflict resolution, and anonymous reporting of concerns.
What is the difference between the Social Support and Mediation Committee and the university ombuds office?
The overarching goals are the same, in that both options offer confidential support and aim to provide a safe space for managing conflict or interpersonal challenges. The university ombuds office serves anyone from the university and is available as a first option or as a final step. Given concerns that individuals might not utilize the ombuds office unless an egregious situation has occurred, the CIRCLE Lab decided to initiate the Social Support and Mediation Committee. The committee will provide support similar to the university ombuds, and will also aim to provide guidance in navigating going to the university ombuds office if that is indicated or desired. See https://ombuds.unc.edu/ for more information on the university ombuds office.
Who are the current committee members?
The committee members for the 2020-21 academic year are Sarah Furlong, Madeline Robertson, and Amanda Mitchell. Sarah and Maddy are graduate students and Amanda is a post-bacc research assistant.
How do I contact the committee?
To streamline the process of communicating with the committee members, we utilize a google form for all feedback, reports, concerns, etc. The form can be completed non-anonymously or anonymously, and we encourage the individual to do what feels right for them and their situation. However, for anonymous reports there might be a more limited response capability in terms of directly addressing the conflict with the involved parties. The committee members will aim to address anonymous concerns to the fullest extent possible while also maintaining the reporter’s anonymity if they choose. Individuals can also contact the committee via email.
Committee contact form: Ombuds Reporting Form
Ombuds email: CIRCLElab.firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I do if my concern involves one of the committee members?
Contact the Principal Investigators of the lab, Margaret Sheridan or Adam Miller, or Ilana Berman, post-doctoral fellow. The university ombuds office is also an option in this situation.