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Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom: Successfully Intervene with Groups Who are Unable to Dialogue

Overview

Many faculty members are experiencing a significant increase in both the frequency and the intensity of difficult dialogues in their classrooms. Their ability to engage students and facilitate meaningful dialogue in these moments not only furthers learning, but can also impact student success. Mismanaged conversations often result in unresolved issues, misunderstanding, and simmering conflict that undermine learning outcomes and campus-wide goals to create inclusive campus environments.

Join us on September 28, 2021 and in just 90 minutes, you and your faculty colleagues will learn how to successfully integrate dialogue skills in the classroom environment, develop skills and tools to navigate triggering or contentious moments in the classroom, and gain a deeper understanding of your identities and how they shape and guide your communication style.

Students continue to challenge faculty and administrators to hear their concerns, engage in difficult conversation and make meaningful change on campus. Our expert presenters will draw on their joint experiences facilitating difficult conversations to share effective dialogue skills. They will share strategies for facilitating participants’ prior experiences and the role it plays in discussions, preparing groups to understand their unspoken expectations, and creating opportunities in groups who are unable to dialogue.

Take away critical, actionable tools that will help you:

  • Create an inclusive classroom from the start – develop skills and tools to navigate triggering or contentious moments in the classroom, and gain a deeper understanding of your identities and how they shape and guide your communication style.
     
  • Prepare groups to understand their unspoken expectations – help groups understand and identify unwritten expectations for the diversity of the voices present, as well as expectations regarding the vehicle of dialogue for discussing race, so real learning and connections can take place.
     
  • Facilitate participants’ prior experiences with dialogue and the role these past experiences play in a present dialogue experience.
     
  • Create opportunities with groups who are unable to dialogue — capitalize on opportunities instead of mismanaging conversations that often result in unresolved issues, misunderstanding, and simmering conflict that undermine learning outcomes and campus-wide goals to create inclusive campus environments.

Dial-In Information

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Tuesday, September 28 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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