Members Trained in Dialogue Facilitation by Everyday Democracy

December 8, 2017

On Friday, December 1, 2017, members of Campus Compact for Southern New England gathered at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute for a day-long dialogue facilitation training led by Gwen Wright of Everyday Democracy. Participants reviewed the basic principles of Everyday Democracy’s “dialogue to change” community engagement process, which included how to best prepare oneself before engaging in a dialogue and the basic facilitation skills for small-group discussions. Through role-play and practice participants encountered the unforeseen challenges that can undermine productive dialogue and learned effective solutions to navigate those challenges. During smaller break out groups, facilitators with various levels of experience honed their skills on how to create a safe space for meaningful, collective, and productive conversation to create community change. Attendees left at the end of the day feeling confident and better prepared to navigate the many difficult conversations that need to be held on their campuses and communities. Thank you to the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute and Everyday Democracy for cosponsoring an empowering event.