Creating Safe Spaces for Difficult Conversations

You understand the importance of diversity. You know you want your group to be more inclusive on the march toward equity. So how do you start to create safe spaces for your members when there has been an increase in polarization, insecurities when discussing differences, and fear? This takes difficult conversations.

In this presentation, designed for those who understand and believe in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals and want to go further, Joe will give you the tools to break down these issues in a practical way. The presentation will underscore the need for an “all hands on deck” approach where all stakeholders contribute toward solutions and validate different perspectives that strengthen and fortify the path to equity. Joe will demonstrate how students, fueled by proper self-image, embrace of other perspectives and desire for honest dialogue, can use ethical responsibility to create a safe space where difficult conversations can occur. An innovative talk that uses stories and analogies to make larger points, and models a potentially difficult conversation, Joe equips students and confirms their standing as catalysts in moving us toward justice on our campuses, in our communities and in our world.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, participants will learn:

How to identify the most pressing conversations in your group to undertake, and the elements that make where you are a potential “safe space” for difficult conversations;

The things that both qualify you and require you to participate in conversation creation and execution;

How to pinpoint the ethical ramifications of the identified conversation;

How ethics will encourage participants to embrace other perspectives and desire honest dialogue toward justice goals.


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