From Civic Reflection Saturdays to Peer-to-Peer Training

Valpo's Civic Reflection Initiative Hits the Ground Running

Dec 21 2015
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Valparaiso University students are learning the art of civic reflection and practicing it throughout their campus community. The Civic Reflection Initiative (CRI) is a network of Valpo students who facilitate and train other students in leading reflective civic dialogue. Through this Initiative, students are developing vital skills of facilitation and listening--so important to addressing and effecting social change today---while creating opportunities on campuses to channel safe but meaningful discussions about community issues and civic engagement. 

CRI student coordinator Cogan Blackmon and his fellow facilitators launched the initiative this fall with a series of Civic Reflection Saturdays--offering brunch and student-facilitated dialogue on themes like "activism and overwork," "vision and hopefulness," and "efforts and outcomes." On the most recent Civic Reflection Saturday, interested students were invited to stay through the afternoon for a facilitation training with master trainer Thomas Toney. Thanks to this training, Valpo's network of student civic reflection facilitators is now 24 strong, and growing! 

Inspired by Civic Reflection Saturdays, CRI members have also been carrying the practice of civic reflection into their classes and co-curricular groups and organizations. Student facilitators have embedded conversations in social work, business, engineering and humanities honors college classes. They have led reflection with fraternity and sorority chairs and with faith-based student programs as well.  

 During the spring of 2016, the CRI network will reach beyond Valpo's borders to include other Indiana students, as CRI facilitators visit area colleges and universities to offer trainings and encourage reflective dialogue. For more information contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

And stay tuned for more reports from the Civic Reflection initiative!

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