Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution

SMU Chapter of Mediators Beyond Borders International

Mission Statement

In keeping with MBB International’s vision for building a more peace “able” world and its mission to build local skills for peace and promote mediation worldwide, OUR GOAL is to support the student body by providing resources, monthly meetings and events highlighting what people are doing in this field and how graduates are applying their degrees.

Chapter Officers 2015-16

Co-Presidents, Laura Bray/Chad Pendarves
Vice-President, Alexandra Perez
Treasurer, Natisha Patel
Secretaries, Ashley Stanley
Event Chair, Rebecca Farrington

Contact Us

Jessica Lunce, MBB Staff Advisor
Program Coordinator II, Dispute Resolution Program

Mediators Beyond Borders International is a non-profit, humanitarian organization established by Ken Cloke, Lynn Cole, Joan Goldsmith, Erica Fox and other visionary mediators in 2006, to build a more peace “able” world.

MBB’s primary strategies for promoting peace and justice are:

capacity building projects that build local mediation and organizational skills and
advocacy projects that promote mediation worldwide.

MBB also offers direct services, training and coaching in third-party facilitated conflict resolution processes designed to reach agreement, resolve conflicts, solve problems, build trust and heal relationships.

Please visit for more information.

The SMU Chapter of MBB welcomes all Dispute Resolution students with a passion for peace to join its community.

Annual membership dues are $20, collected at General Meetings. These dues support MBB meetings and events throughout the year.

The SMU Chapter of MBB organizes a variety of volunteer opportunities for SMU MBB members, most notably a consulting partnership with Youth Conflict Resolution Center, Inc. (YCRC) in which SMU MBB members assisted YCRC with fundraising, recruitment of volunteers, public relations, and process mapping and organizing of workshops and activities into a well-documented curriculum.

There are no volunteer opportunities currently available.  Please check back at a later time.

ABA Dispute Resolution Section

Texas Association of Mediators

American Institute of Mediation

International Association of Facilitators

Association for Conflict Resolution

Texas Mediator Credentialing Association

Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation

Mediator Academy

Center for Dispute Resolution

Conflict Resolution Network

National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation

International Association for Conflict Management

International Association for Public Participation

International Ombudsman Association

National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution

Upcoming Meetings

6th Annual SMU MBBI Elections and General Meeting
Sunday, August 28, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
SMU Plano Campus

Past Meetings

May General Meeting featuring SMU DRCM Alumna Robyn Short
Sunday, May 15, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
SMU Plano Campus

April General Meeting featuring SMU DRCM Alumnus Josh Hart
Sunday, April 17, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
SMU Plano Campus

February General Meeting featuring Guest Speaker David R. Gibson
"Benefits of Court Ordered Mediation"
Saturday, February 27, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
SMU Plano Campus

January General Meeting featuring Guest Speaker Dr. John Potter
"Do you know Generation 'Z'?"
Sunday, January 17, 2016
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Addison, Texas

October General Meeting featuring Guest Speaker Angela Mitakidis
Sunday, October 18, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Addison, Texas