Beyond Civility empowered students with tools to dialogue across differences. This program is now available as workshop for the general public.
“Every citizen has the duty to be informed, to be thoughtfully concerned, and to participate in the search for solutions.”– Winthrop Rockefeller
As our society becomes more divided and political polarization is what we’re used to, more and more people are finding it difficult to be in the same room with, much less talk, to people they don’t agree with. This is especially true in conversations across deep differences of opinion. The health of our democracy depends on the ability for citizens to have meaningful public conversations about challenging issues and to participate in the search for solutions together.
December 4, 2019
The Institute invited high school students to the mountain to learn how to engage in meaningful and respectful dialogue in order to foster collaboration, promote mutual understanding and resolve conflict. 10 students each from Monticello, Hope, Springdale, and West Memphis School Districts were selected to participate in the program. Institute staff employed facilitated exercises and curriculum to empower students to model civil behavior and respectful dialogue in their communities.
October 23-24, 2018
The Institute hosted the first Beyond Civility program on October 23-24, 2018, on the mountaintop campus. 10 students each from Alma, Blytheville, Arkadelphia and Dollarway School Districts were invited to participate in the program. State representatives from the four school districts (Rep. Charlotte Douglas, Rep. Monty Hodges, Rep. Vivian Flowers and Rep. Richard Womack) were present to share the role of civility and dialogue in their legislative service. Program partners included the National Institute for Civil Discourse and Essential Partners/Public Conversations Project.
Heather runs the Beyond Civility workshop and would be delighted to answer any questions about the workshop or past Beyond Civility programs.