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Civic Dialogue — Twin Cities Regional Gathering

May 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Civic Dialogue — Twin Cities Regional Gathering

Date & Time: May 24, 2018, from 10 am-3 pm. Morning refreshments and time for conversation will be available starting at 9:30 am. 

Location: Metropolitan State University Library Room 306. (Please note this is a different room than originally planned.) The campus address is 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106, but that is not the specific address of the library. Please see this campus map for details. 

Parking: Please park in the parking ramp marked on this map. We will provide parking vouchers so you can exit the lot free of charge.
Meals: We’ll provide light morning refreshments and a full lunch.
With questions, please contact Sinda Nichols at sinda {at} mncampuscompact(.)org or 612-436-2080.

In a context characterized by profound polarization, many of us are working to build, expand, and connect dialogue efforts as a means of fulfilling our institutions’ civic missions. Toward that end, Minnesota Campus Compact is launching the Constitution Day Dialogue Initiative this September. Whether you intend to be involved in that particular initiative or simply want to add tools to your dialogue toolbox, please join us.

This gathering will include:

  • An overview of how to be involved in the 2018 Constitution Day Dialogue Initiative and how to access a mini-grant;
  • Discussion of key elements of effective dialogue planning, design, and practice with Avelino Mills-Novoa, former interim president of Minneapolis Community College, interim dean at StCloud State University, and assistant dean at the University of Minnesota’s General College;
  • A train-the-trainer session on using Danielle Allen’s Shared American Values exercise to ground civic dialogue;
  • Space wrestle with questions and tension in dialogue work; and
  • A deep-dive into We the People… A Community Conversation to Understand the U.S. Constitution, in 10 Acts developed by Metropolitan State University’s Matt Filner in collaboration with community members.


9:30 a.m.  Coffee and tea available, informal networking

10:00 a.m. Constitution Day Dialogue Initiative Overview

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Key elements of effective dialogue and values train-the-trainer workshop

12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:45 – 2:45 p.m. We the People (This section also available for remote participation.)

2:45 p.m. Closing reflections

3:00 p.m. Adjourn


May 24, 2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Metropolitan State University
St. Paul,
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