Constructive Communication Across Differences Series, Spring 2018

Join IDE's Office of Inclusive Engagement for the spring 2018 Constructive Communication Across Differences Series, in collaboration with the Department of Communication. This series is designed to enhance the capacity of faculty, staff and students to engage in conversations about challenging, emotionally-laden topics (i.e., race, discrimination, policy, politics, etc.). The skills learned in this series can be applied in the workplace, classroom, and interpersonal and community contexts. Participants are encouraged to bring real-life situations to the sessions to serve as practice and learning opportunities.

We welcome requests for ADA accommodations. Please contact Alejandra Gudiño at GudinoA@missouri.edu to make arrangements.

Pre-registration is required for all sessions. Participants must attend all sessions to earn a Certificate of Completion.

SESSION #1: Active Listening Concepts and Tools

Alejandra Gudiño, Educational Programing Coordinator, IDE Office of Inclusive Engagement
Dr. Astrid Villamil, Assistant Teaching Professor, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Communication

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Noon-1:30 p.m.
305 Hill Hall

OR

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Noon-1:30 p.m.
305 Hill Hall

The goal of this session is to enhance participants’ active listening skills for building empathy and understanding. Participants will learn and practice three key active listening skills: deep listening, reflective listening, and opening spaces for dialogue.

SESSION #2: Strategies for Navigating Emotions in Conversations

Alejandra Gudiño, Educational Programing Coordinator, IDE Office of Inclusive Engagement
Dr. Astrid Villamil, Assistant Teaching Professor, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Communication

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Noon-1:30 p.m.
305 Hill Hall

OR

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Noon-1:30 p.m.
305 Hill Hall

This session focuses on tools and strategies for navigating discussions that provoke strong emotions. Skills and concepts such as mindfulness, identifying needs and feelings, holding safe spaces for conversations, and asking effective questions will be learned and practiced.

SESSION #3: Collaborative and Deliberative Dialogue

Alejandra Gudiño, Educational Programing Coordinator, IDE Office of Inclusive Engagement
Dr. Astrid Villamil, Assistant Teaching Professor, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Communication

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Noon-1:30 p.m.
305 Hill Hall

OR

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Noon-1:30 p.m.
305 Hill Hall

This session applies the skills learned in the previous two session to practice a model for collaborative and deliberative dialogue. This type of structured dialogue is a process for building collaborative understanding and solutions. This process helps people identify, understand, and discuss diverse values, viewpoints, and issues from a collaborative problem-solving lens.