Diversity Awareness Partnership and NCCJ St. Louis are collaborating to support educators and their students as school communities continue to shape young leaders. Facilitating Dialogue for Understanding is designed in solidarity with the efforts of educators to be fair and constructive arbiters during student discussions, particularly in light of 2020’s status as an election year. While participating in our engagement programs, students have consistently demonstrated that they are capable of rich discussions about identity, oppression, and current events. Young people are as enmeshed in cultural, systemic, and institutionalized issues as the general populace and deserve to be equal actors in breaking oppressive cycles. In order to do so, they must be given opportunities to have honest, vulnerable dialogue about their lived experiences and the perspectives that arise from their individual realities.
The objectives of Facilitating Dialogue for Understanding sessions are to provide educators with: