Content with Topics : Dialogue & Discourse

Public Discourse Initiative Launched

The breakdown of public discourse in our country has led to an increasing distrust of public institutions by our citizens.  Polarizing opinions escalated by the divisive strategies of political parties has thwarted the efforts of communities to create positive social change and increase civic engagement.  The need for higher education to create safe spaces to address controversial issues is needed now more than ever. In an effort to address these difficult conversations that are occurring on campuses across our country, Campus Compact of Southern New England (CCSNE) is pleased to announce the Public Discourse Initiative (PDI), made possible through the…

Announcing Fund for Positive Engagement Award Recipients

40 institutions to receive funding from Campus Compact to bridge divides on campuses and in communities. This includes three member campuses from Southern New England: Salem State University, Yale University, and the University of Connecticut.  Read the Press release from Campus Compact: BOSTON, Mass. – September 11, 2017 – Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced 40 college and university recipients of grants to bring people together across lines of difference from its Fund for Positive Engagement. The Fund for Positive Engagement is a direct response by Campus Compact to…

CCSNE Welcomes Graduate Fellow

Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE) is pleased to welcome Val Brooks as our Graduate Fellow to support the Public DIscourse Initiative. Val will be with us for the next nine months to completing her graduate fellowship for Merrimack College’s Masters of Education in Community Engagement program. She will be with CCSNE approximately 25 hours a week from August 2017 to May 2018. Val’s work will include researching the current dialogue and discourse practices throughout CCSNE member campuses and identifying the individuals and departments who are leading these efforts. She will also help identify and develop trainings and workshops…

CCSNE receives $30,000 Grant from UCHI

Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE) is pleased to announce that it has received a 1-year, $30,000 grant from the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI).  CCSNE seeks to improve the depth and breadth of dialogue and deliberation on college and university campuses. Despite the relatively strong aggregate prosperity of our citizens, our communities are divided in their perspectives, experiences, and ideology. Political discourse in our country has broken down due to polarizing perspectives, divisive strategies by political parties and candidates, and lack of formal structures which seek to bridge the dominant political perspectives.  Higher education institutions are not…

Dialogue and Discourse Resource Page

Public Discourse is an ongoing public conversation that can take many forms, ranging from in-person discussions, to journalism, to online and off-line activism, to community projects, and beyond. The purpose of public discourse is usually to promote understanding of complex issues among people who disagree, in order to find common ground and take action.JTNDZGl2JTIwaWQlM0QlMjJEaWFsb2dpY1Rlcm1zJTIyJTNFJTNDJTJGZGl2JTNFAppreciative Inquiry is about the co-evolutionary search for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant world around them. In its broadest focus, it involves systematic discovery of what gives “life” to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most constructively capable in…

Bring It To The Table: Free Webinar

August 23, 2016 1-2pm EST Campus Compact, in collaboration with Talking Eyes Media, invites you to learn about an exciting, new, civic engagement project perfect for your campus communities called BRING IT TO THE TABLE. Join us on Tuesday, August 23 from 1pm-2pm for a webinar about how to bring Bring It to your campus, hosted by award-winning filmmaker, Julie Winokur. THE PROJECT: The centerpiece of Bring It to The Table is a 40 minute documentary film — a fresh, provocative, often humorous study of political identity and how to reach for true conversation, healthy debate, and social activism in…

Civic Action Summit Explores What the World Needs From Higher Education

On June 2, 2016, administrators, faculty, staff, and students of CTCC’s member campuses, as well as community partners, gathered at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) for Connecticut’s first Civic Action Summit to explore and begin to address the question “What does the world need from higher education?” Bethany Johnson-Javois, CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network and Managing Director and ex-officio member of the Ferguson Commission, delivered a powerful and compelling keynote speech to address this central question. She discussed the importance of radical listening and working toward racial equity and liberation by being proactive, leveraging faculty/staff expertise, and…