Draft Schedule at a Glance:

Facilitating Civil Discourse, Difficult Conversations, and Inclusive Dialogue

The practice of dialogue and deliberation cultivates the abilities necessary to explore enduring, multidisciplinary questions and to solve persistent public problems. These skills are not only essential for sustaining a vibrant democracy, but also the best preparation for our students/citizens/graduates to be successful in the 21st century.

We aim to:

  • Learn and experience models of facilitating civil discourse, difficult conversations, and inclusive dialogues
  • Practice facilitation techniques your team can share with your campus community
  • Explore strategies for creating more inclusive and welcoming campus culture
  • Network with other campus teams from across the state

Jennifer Hine: Executive Director, Washington Campus Compact
William Muse: President Emeritus, National Issues Forums Institute
Lisa Keyne: Chief Strategy Officer for Collaboratory, TreeTop Commons
Carolyn N. Long: Sam Reed Distinguished Professor in Civic Education and Public Civility, Director for Strategic Partnerships, Washington State University, Vancouver
Initiative for Public Deliberation Student Team: Tyler Davis, Maresa Miranda, Skye Troy, Zachary Johnson, Sean Slowik

Wednesday, June 28
4:00 – 5:45                  Room Check-in
5:45 – 7:00                  Welcome/Social Gathering (WACC hosted) – Jennifer Hine
7:00 – 8:00                  Dinner/Opening Remarks - Bill Muse, Carolyn Long, Jennifer Hine

Thursday, June 29
8:00 – 8:45                  Breakfast
8:30 – 8:40                  WelcomeJennifer Hine

8:40 – 9:30                  Opening Dialogue
Facilitators: Jennifer Hine, Carolyn Long, Bill Muse
Description: Dialogue and deliberation are the cornerstones of a vital democracy and a civically engaged citizenry. However, they are being challenged every day by a polarized political landscape on our campuses and in our communities. How do we navigate the tension between free speech and safe spaces? How do we best balance a need to foster intellectual discourse about difficult topics with the need to protect students who might feel marginalized for some reason?

9:30 – 10:15                Introduction to the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) & Framework for Deliberation

  • Bill Muse & Lisa Keyne         

  • 10:15 – 10:30              Break

    10:30 – 11:15              Introduction to the Initiative for Public Deliberation (IPD)

  • Carolyn Long & Student Team

  • 11:15 – 12:00              Team/Small Group Discussion

  • Groups will discuss critical issues and challenges faced by their campuses and current practices of deliberate dialogue taking place.
  • 12:00 – 1:00                Lunch

    1:00 – 3:15                  Team/Small Group Breakout Sessions
    Description: Teams/Small Groups will have the opportunity to explore NIFI and IPD frameworksthrough skills-acquisition and deliberative practice.

                                        Team/Small Group Breakout Session I

  • NIFI –Bill Muse & Lisa Keyne
    How Should Communities Reduce Violence? In this session we will work through important questions related to this topic using the NIFI framework.

  • IPD – Carolyn Long & Student Team
    Description: The IPD provides a framework for facilitating civil discourse concerning important issues of local, state or national interest.
  • 3:15 – 3:45                  Break

    3:45 – 6:00                  Team/Small Group Breakout Session II

  • NIFI – Bill Muse & Lisa Keyne

  • IPD – Carolyn Long & Student Team
  • 6:00 – 7:00                  Dinner

    Friday, June 30

    8:00 – 8:45                  Breakfast

    8:45 – 11:00                Facilitator Training (Train-the-Trainer)

    Description: Participants will receive facilitator training; including self-critique and group feedback.

  • NIFI – Bill Muse/Lisa Keyne
  • IPD – Carolyn Long & Student Team
  • 11:00 – 11:30              Break/Final Room Checkout

    11:30 – 12:00              Team/Small Group Discussion

    12:00 – 1:00                Lunch

    1:00 – 2:00                  Full Group Discussion

    2:00 – 2:30                  Reflection & Next Steps

    2:30 – 3:00                  Evaluation/Closing

    3:00                             Depart