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Facilitating Challenging Conversations

Facilitating Difficult Dialogues/OTFD Framework (PDF) - Presentation by Tasha Souza, PhD, Humboldt State University. Tools, strategies, and guidelines for having constructive conversations on challenging topics. 

•Guidelines for Discussion of Racial Conflict and the Language of Hate (PDF) – University of Michigan, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. Offers guidelines to help instructors facilitate classroom discussion around incidents that involve the use of racial or sexual epithets, taunting, and other behavior that expresses hostility, including tools for dealing with both planned and unanticipated questions and discussions.

Overcoming Microaggressions (PDF) – Excerpt from Sue, D. (2010). Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation. Steps educators can take to become more effective facilitators of difficult dialogues on race.

Teaching Controversial Issues (PDF) – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Center for Faculty Excellence. Offers instructors approaches to planning controversial conversations that avoid antagonism and make the discussion productive. Includes a review of student intellectual development, guidelines for classroom discussion, and an overview of methods and approaches for structuring discussions.

Walking on Eggs: Mastering the Dreaded Diversity Discussion – Frederick, Peter. College Teaching, v43 n3 p83-92 Sum 1995. Nine strategies for opening and sustaining discussion of cultural pluralism in the college classroom.

Guidelines for Discussion of CyberBullying and Expressions of Anti-Gay Sentiment (PDF) - University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. Offers guidelines to help instructors facilitate classroom discussion around the issue of respecting sexual identity and intimacy, and the issues of ethical practice in cyberspace, including tools for dealing with both planned and unanticipated questions and discussions.

Talking Race in the Classroom – Dr. Jane Bolgatz, Graduate School of Education Fordham University. A 50-minute lecture about the need for racial literacy and how it can be incorporated into a school curriculum. A great model for talking openly about race in a college setting.

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