Public Conversations Project: Deep Listening, Connected Speaking, Genuine Inquiry

Posted: March 9, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last year we have embarked on processes of dialogue and reflection in the service of the values that we hold in relation to inclusion and access, both as an institution and in our individual ways. We have shaped the various workshops, IDEA Initiative, events, and conversations that have been convened and facilitated based on your input. Among other things, we heard an interest in building capacity for dialogue on sensitive issues. As a result, we have partnered with the Public Conversations Project to design a program on Deep Listening, Connected Speaking, Genuine Inquiry. This workshop will provide an interactive space in which staff and faculty will explore what dialogue can be and learn tools for inquiry, listening, and side-by-side problem-solving.

We are delighted to invite you to a program designed and offered by Public Conversations Project in support of our campus efforts to enhance inclusion, diversity, equity, and access at Scripps College. The trainings will run March 23-26, 2015. In order to accommodate the schedule of staff and the demands of departments, the workshops will be broken down into two sequenced 3-hour sessions, as shown below.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9:00am-12:00pm  Part A Part B Part B Part B
1:00-4:00pm Part A Part A Part A Part B

We have been inspired by some of the conversations we have witnessed or heard about over the last year, the work that in undergoing through the IDEA Initiative, and hope that this workshop will stimulate more and deeper conversations and relationships around our core values. For more information on the IDEA Initiative and upcoming events, visit

We hope that all staff and faculty take the opportunity to attend these sessions. Please RSVP to indicating your session preference so that we can prepare for each session.

Jennifer Berklas, SPHR-CA, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
Human Resource Director

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