Developing Your Capacity to Co-Facilitate Diversity Dialogues

Posted by on January 17, 2011

Warm up your winter with the Philly Trainers’ Collaborative line-up of peer-facilitated gatherings!  What better time to snack, mingle, and learn with other dynamic trainers, educators, and organizers interested in education as a means of transforming people and communities?

Our first gathering of the new year is coming up on January 26:

Developing Your Capacity to Co-Facilitate Diversity Dialogues
Wednesday, January 26
Facilitators: Tchet Dorman and Dr. Fatima Hafiz
Location: Temple University, Conwell Hall, 3rd Floor, Conference Room 3B, 1801 N. Broad Street

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Co-facilitating workshops, trainings or meetings can be quite challenging, especially if the program revolves around important social issues such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class or ability. Given the often contentious nature of social justice education programs, co-facilitation based on intergroup dialogue methodology can provide an innovative and effective approach to teaching, learning and facilitator development. Workshop participants will explore their co-facilitation assets and barriers through interactive exercises and dialogue.

Tchet Dorman and Dr. Fatima Hafiz facilitate intergroup dialogues and training through Temple University’s Center for Social Justice and Multicultural Education in the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership. Tchet serves as the Center’s Director and formerly directed the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Lebanon Valley College and Albright College. Fatima manages the training for the Center’s Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator Training Institute. She also serves as an assistant adjunct professor in teacher education at Temple University.

Take a look at what else our PTC members have in store for you this season (below and attached), and we hope to see you in the coming months!  Please forward widely.

Philadelphia Trainers’ Collaborative Winter 2011 Gatherings

The Philadelphia Trainers’ Collaborative (PTC) is a member-run group of community educators, organizers, teachers, and trainers who believe in and practice education to transform people and communities. Through regular gatherings, we strive to create a space to gain skills, share ideas, brainstorm, and try out new approaches.

Gatherings take place on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm and are open to the public. A donation of $5-$10 (sliding scale) is appreciated to cover costs. Light refreshments are provided.

Wednesday, February 23
Facilitator: Katrin Bahr
Location: TBD

The PTC Lab is a space for trainers and educators to try out a new activity or skill that they want to work on. Presenters have the opportunity to get feedback on whatever they present. Attendees get a chance to see and learn from the presenters’ process, successes, and challenges. The Lab offers a supportive environment to encourage PTC members and friends to keep on learning and growing as educators and trainers.

Cultivating Talent: Tools to Develop and Strengthen Individual Leadership
Wednesday, March 23
Facilitators: Jill Feldstein and Cecilia Denning
Location: Bread & Roses Community Fund,1500 Walnut Street, 2nd floor

Do you want your constituents, students, or staff members to step up and use more of their own talents and ability? Do you want to inspire those around you into confidence and action? Through interactive activities, role plays, discussion and reflection, participants will explore how to: create the optimal “growth environment” for different kinds of people; give clear feedback that acknowledges strengths and identifies specific areas of growth; and create opportunities for individuals to learn and expand their skills.

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