Fostering Civil Discourse on Campuses

Community Conversation: Fostering Civil Discourse on College Campuses

Mana Derakhshani, Director Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership and Julie Storme, Associate Director, Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership, Saint Mary’s College

Community engagement and a sense of connectedness are not possible without the ability to dialogue in a civil manner. In this session, participants will experience a structured conversation based on the framework of Conversation Cafés. The topic of the conversation directly connects to the work to promote civil discourse and community engagement on campuses. Furthermore, the session illustrates a technique that participants can take back for use on their home campuses. A bibliography and information on Conversation Cafés will be provided.