Each year, just before commencement, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies joins all the other colleges on campus at a graduate convocation ceremony to celebrate the achievements of UMass Boston’s top students. This year, the Master’s Degree Program in Conflict Resolution honors Anne Lemay Hurley of Somerville.
Hurley's faculty mentor, Professor David Matz, wrote the nomination letter than earned her this year’s award.
“Anne takes common sense to a high art. Perhaps the greatest strength of her thinking is her clarity. Every written sentence makes its point and every spoken sentence makes meaning, whether it is consciously exploring or finally concluding. When participating in dialogue, Anne listens to the flow of conversation, and most critically, comments on the flow of conversation, revising and experimenting.”
Matz also reflected on her qualities which will come in handy in the field of dispute resolution, saying, “Anne has a gift for taking an ordinary observation and going deeply into it, working on assumptions, working on boundaries, working on inferences. She has a gentle disposition and a tough mind. It works and it works and it works.”
The graduate convocation includes the Book Awards in which every graduate program gives a special book in the discipline to one of its most outstanding students. On May 29, Professor Eben Weitzman, chair of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, will present Hurley with Peter Block’s Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used and its accompanying fieldbook.
At this year’s commencement, Hurley will earn a master of arts degree in conflict resolution. She plans to use her new skills navigating the field of human resources and organizational development in her current position at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She developed her knack for mediation while at UMass Boston and will continue her work as a divorce mediator and elder care ombudsman, helping to empower others to advocate for themselves. She hopes to eventually combine her professional endeavors as an organizational ombudsman or family/healthcare mediator.