Walk-ins Welcome for Difficult Dialogues Training Program, February 28 and March 1

Posted on 2/21/2019 2:46:22 PM

In order to accommodate busy schedules, walk-in participants are welcome for the Difficult Dialogues program on February 28 and March 1.

The program will be held in the HUB Ohio Room.

Reservations are not required. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Libby Roderick, director of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative, associate director of the Center for Advancing Faculty excellence at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and vice chair of the Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center, will present the program.

The schedule is: registration and coffee, 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.; workshop begins at 9:00 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; workshop concludes at 3:00 p.m.

Event organizers stress that it is not necessary for participants to be present for the full program; you can participate as your schedules permit, either for one day only, or for a partial day or days.

Roderick works with faculty across the United States and in South Africa to increase their capacity to effectively conduct difficult dialogues in higher education and to apply indigenous ways of teaching and learning. She is also an internationally recognized and award-winning singer/songwriter and recording artist. For more information, contact social-equity@iup.edu.

More than 60 people—a mixture of faculty and staff—attended the December training at IUP.

Allison Baker, Student Success specialist in the University College, was one of the participants in December.

“I expected this training to be mostly lecture-based with ideas that could be used in a classroom setting,” Baker said. “I was excited to quickly learn that my assumption about this training was wrong. I left the two days with new ideas to foster and to respond to difficult conversations with student groups using the techniques we practiced.”

Lorraine Guth, professor and clinical coordinator for the master’s programs in the Department of Counseling, said that she’s already used the tools learned in the program in the classroom.

“The Difficult Dialogues workshop delivered by Libby Roderick was excellent,” Guth said. “She utilized experiential activities that can be used in the classroom to facilitate courageous conversations and enhance community building. I have successfully used some of these tools in my Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Counseling class.”

Social Equity and Title IX Office