During the summer months, PON offers fellowship grants to students at Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University and other Boston-area schools who are completing internships or undertaking summer research projects in negotiation and dispute resolution in partnership with public, nonprofit or academic organizations. The Summer Fellowship Program’s emphasis is on advancing the links between scholarship and practice in negotiation and dispute resolution by supporting students interested in exploring career paths, either professional or academic, in this field. Through this program, PON hopes to prepare students to assume leadership positions in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution, to forge new links between our academic community and worldwide organizations involved in the practice of negotiation and dispute resolution, and to encourage students to reach for opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them due to financial constraints.
We are excited to announce our 2021 PON Summer Fellows:
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
Juliana Heffern is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Her academic and professional interests center on the use of mediation in public dispute resolution, processes of civil justice, and community peacebuilding. Prior to Fletcher, Juliana worked in Sarawak, Malaysia on a Fulbright teaching scholarship and then as a Research Analyst for a legal services company in New York City. She has served as an Intern with Mediators Beyond Borders International and as an Americorps volunteer with Wediko Children’s Services. Juliana holds a B.S. in Psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. This summer Juliana will work with MWI, a nationally recognized negotiation and dispute resolution firm in Boston, MA. She will be trained as a mediator and support MWI’s public service initiatives, including the Eviction Mediation Program, which aims to prevent displacement and homelessness by providing free mediation services to clients throughout fourteen District and Municipal Courts.
McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Boston
Krystal-Gayle O’Neill (She/Her) is a Ph.D. student in the Global Governance and Human Security program in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance, at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s McCormack Graduate School. She is also an Adam Smith and Dan Lavoie Fellow at The Mercatus Center, George Mason University. She is from St. Catherine, Jamaica and holds a B.Ed., an MBA, MS in College Student Affairs, an M. Phil and an MA in Conflict Resolution. Her research interests include: conflict resolution, race, gender and sexuality, post-colonization in the Caribbean, inter/intragroup dialogues and restorative and social justice practices. This summer she will work on a project for publication that focuses on women, race and the negotiation process; a relatively untouched subject in the field of negotiation. This research project will provide further analysis of the intersections of race and gender and illume issues that may be present. The findings from this research will be used to produce an informational video and a one-page summary about the intersections of race and gender within negotiation. These tools, when produced, can be used in various negotiation classes, to supplement the teaching of gender and race.
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Deborah Wu is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Social Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to her graduate work, she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Music at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on stereotyping and emotions, with a program of work that aims to develop effective evidence-based interventions to mitigate the negative effects of stereotyping on marginalized students. Her fellowship project investigates the efficacy of negotiation training for underrepresented minority students (i.e., women, racial minorities, LGBTQ students, people with disabilities) who aim to pursue technology and engineering careers. Despite the importance of negotiation skills in everyday life and in the workplace, very little research has examined the impact of negotiation training for underrepresented college students. This project seeks to teach these important negotiation skills and to identify ways these skills benefit students.