Talking Across Differences
Communities of higher education, as one example of a contact zone, are at the center of many conflicts. In these contact zones, we explore concepts such as micro-aggression, allyship, trigger warnings, and others that highlight our varied experiences. What is “the truth” for some is being challenged by others with different experiences and perspectives. In our social relations, we are becoming increasingly polarized and unable to safely express our different values and worldviews. Without this safety, we cannot explore our differences and learn how to adapt to change, essential to increasing unity in our communities. In this session, we will explore strategies and techniques related to Reflected Structured Dialogue to help address these challenges.
– Enhance understanding of conflict, polarization, and change
– Reflect on the challenges of engaging across differences
– Learn the basic theory and practice of RSD
– Explore how you might use RSD or aspects of RSD in your work and/or community
– Dr. Janette Hill – Serves as an Professor, Learning, Design, & Technology, in the UGA College of Education.
Janette focuses her practice in the use of story and dialogue to create connections and understanding. Janette has taught at the higher education level for almost 30 years at five different universities throughout the U.S.
– Raye Rawls, J.D. – At the Fanning Institute, Raye’s focus is in conflict resolution, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes. She is an attorney, a member of the State Bar of Georgia and has mediated and arbitrated thousands of cases in government institutions, court systems, corporations and with private parties. Also, her courses have been approved by several state bar associations, the National Association of Social Workers and other professional organizations. In 2018, she received the Chief Justice Harold G. Clarke Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions.