“Personal sharing of experiences and history is powerful and cannot be duplicated.”
In recognition of the growing need to address the separation between groups based on race, ethnicity, and culture, the Community Conversations program is a nationally acclaimed vehicle for developing community awareness as a forum for issues to be explored and discussed.
The Community Conversations program is based on a national Study Circle model for democratic dialogue. Groups of 8-12 people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds meet once a week for two hours over a 6-week period. Led by trained facilitators, participants follow a set format to explore personal experiences and public policies. The six sessions are designed to move from personal experiences and observations about race relations to strategies for action on an individual, collective and institutional level to improve our communities.
Conversation circles help people build the trusting relationships necessary for long-term change. People from diverse backgrounds and experiences develop trust, understand each other's experiences, and work together on solutions.
Community Conversation guides cover issues on...
- Civil Liberties and Security
- Criminal Justice
- Education Growth and Sprawl
- Neighborhoods and Families
- Police-Community Relations
- Student Achievement
- Youth Issues
|This program is the recipient of a 2002 Official Citation issued by the Connecticut State Legislature in recognition of its efforts in eradicating apathy, bias, bigotry and racism in America; and the 2004 recipient of the Windsor Bridge-Builder’s Award for its outstanding contributions to human relations in Windsor, CT.