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Facilitating Political Discussions: A Facilitator Training Workshop Guide

Having respectful and productive conversations about controversial issues is one of the most vital aspects of civic and political learning. These conversations can be challenging to lead and conduct, but trained facilitators can ensure that valuable discussions take place in which all participants feel comfortable even as conflicting ideas and beliefs are expressed.

Created during the polarizing 2016 election season, this step-by-step workshop guide trains facilitators to manage politically charged discussions on campus. In this packet, you will find exercises, readings, handouts, and worksheets on everything from building relationships, establishing ground rules, taking perspectives, troubleshooting degrading speech, and balancing free speech and inclusion.

How would a campus best use this resource?
Use this guide to train facilitators to manage politically charged discussions on campus.
Learning outcomes
– Coalition partners will find exercises, readings, handouts, and worksheets on everything from building relationships, establishing ground rules, taking perspectives, and more.

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