Civic Dialogue

Engaging in thoughtful dialogue and listening is a key element of productive community engagement. Dialogue-focused community engagement recognizes the inherent interdependence of community life and the inequalities that shape that interdependence. Our various community engagement programs, like Service-Learning Work Study, are carefully tailored to build dialogue and listening opportunities, so that students are provided the opportunity to work with and learn from community members with very different perspectives, experiences, and social positions. In order to scaffold those opportunities, we will be hosting monthly dialogue events, under the auspices of the Grinnell Listening Project, where students and community members can come together in an intentional way to listen, learn, and challenge their assumptions. These events will focus on community building, as well as discussing important issues that are relevant to the campus and community.

To learn more or to be trained as a dialogue facilitator please contact Ryan Solomon or make an appointment him via Handshake.