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Developing Dialogue Plans

Friday, October 5, 2018 :: 2:00-3:30 PM

Park Library | 413

Intended Audience: CMU Faculty

Facilitated by Alexandra Ulana Klymyshyn, Andrew Blom and Sara Moslener

SERIES: Talking Across Differences: Intergroup Dialogue and Intersectionality
Writing plans that deepen understanding of course material - (Session 5 of 7)

The purpose of this session is to start developing the skill of writing dialogue plans. The first step is to determine the role of dialogue in the course: is dialogue mainly the basis for classroom discussion or do students meet in dialogue groups? If they are meeting in dialogue groups, how many of the contact hours are devoted to the group meetings? Dialogue plans have both process and content goals. Content goals, of course, refer to the particular aspects of the material we would like students to examine in a given session. Process goals refer to the way in which we structure and guide a dialogue so that participants can practice the skills necessary for civic engagement. The plans are cumulative in that they are designed to develop trust, so that students are able to dialogue about increasingly contentious topics. We will also consider the role of personal experience in dialogue as a way of understanding how the concepts learned in the course affect individual lives differently, depending on a person's social identities. And finally, we will discuss the role of peer facilitators.

PLEASE NOTE: It would be a good idea to have a basic understanding of intergroup dialogue before attending this session; please contact Ulana Klymyshyn or Andrew Blom if you have any questions.

Light refreshments provided.

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