Co-op Alumnus Claire Doran Receives Rotary Peace Fellowship

Claire Doran, who lived at the Berkeley Student Cooperative's Casa Zimbabwe co-op from 2005 to 2009, presently works as the Program Director of the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center in Downtown Los Angeles.  She was just accepted as a Peace Fellow for the prestigious Rotary International Peace Fellows program, which awards fellowships each year to individuals from around the globe to study peace at one of several Rotary International Peace Centers on university campuses. Claire will be studying at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan.

Claire's background as a mixed race, first-generation American sparked her interest in intercultural conflict and transformative communication processes.  Her experiences at UC Berkeley and in the co-ops shaped her dedication to working in conflict resolution and particularly multicultural mediation at the community level.  Claire was the BSC Coordinator on Outreach, Diversity, and Antidiscrimination, and also facilitated the Female Sexuality DeCal student-led course.

A community mediator and facilitator, she believes that community mediation and restorative justice programs are essential for advancing justice and fostering understanding.  Her specific interests lie in exploring the ethical implications of power dynamics in mediation, particularly as they relate to gender, culture and class.

With extensive manager trainings, staff support, and new member orientations, the Berkeley Student Cooperative helps members provide healthier and safer communities for each other, and also learn and practice skills they can bring to the wider community.  Most recently, member-led workshops covering topics such as consent and anti-discrimination will be expanded to every house starting Spring 2013.