Courageous Conversations: Community Guiding Principles

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1.      Purpose: The DAHS Courageous Conversations are open to faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Allied Health Sciences. This forum is a facilitated conversation with the goal of intentionally and mindfully respecting diversity and increasing inclusion in our community. We are having these conversations to know one another and our journeys better, to promote empathy and understanding, and to listen and learn in a safe environment.

2.      No cell phones or other devices are allowed during facilitated conversations because we want to promote a safe environment.

3.      The forum is divided into two sections: respectful listening and conversation.

4.      Each person will have a turn to speak. When that person is speaking, they will hold the Sharing Object. When a person is holding the Sharing Object, then no one else should speak, but should only respectfully listen. The Sharing Object will be passed around the circle of participants. You do not have to share when you receive the Sharing Object; you can feel free to pass it if you prefer not to speak.

5.      After everyone has a turn to speak, then the Sharing Object will be placed in the center of the circle. If you have a question or need clarification or would like to make a comment, then there will be time for that to occur after everyone speaks.

6.      By participating in the conversations, we should honor that community members feel these discussions are important and by attending that we come with good intentions. Some individuals may not have the same understanding of terms or the same life experience.

7.      During the conversation period, there will be no shaming and no disrespectful conversation; we will not tear each other down. It takes courage to share your journey and opinions that may not agree with the majority in the room. It is a gift to listen to one another. Honor this time and these gifts by being respectful.

8.      During conversation period, some ways in which you might frame your thoughts include:

·         I appreciate you sharing your journey very much, and I like how you said A, B, C.

·         When you said D, would you be able to give me a bit more information about what you mean?

·         When people say statements like “A, B, C”, I feel…because…

·         Use “I” statements.