Communication is a key social work skill. Sometimes written communication is great, while other times, verbal communication is more effective.
At the SSW, anyone can call us together for a Community Conversation - about any topic impacting students that they think lends itself best to verbal communication. We take these conversations seriously, so thought has been given to the format and process.
SSW Community Conversations are guided by principles and practices of intergroup dialogue and restorative practices. For that reason, we use a set format for the conversations. The model for our Community Conversations was a co-creation of faculty and students.
You can start with these quick videos:
We will begin with a welcome and opening, which includes an introduction of the topic and a summary of our Invitations for Engagement (below). Space will then be open for discussion. Each Community Conversation will end with a closing.
Throughout the process, facilitators will be available to help us remain in our community conversation model, and to encourage us to remain committed to our Invitations for Engagement.
Invitations for Engagement will serve as the basis for our "group guidelines" or “group norms.” These guidelines were adapted from The Program for Intergroup Relations. Based on the topic, these invitations can be modified or adapted.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106