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What is a community dialogue?

A dialogue is a forum that draws participants from as many parts of the community as possible to exchange information face-to-face (in person or virtually), share personal stories and experiences, honestly express perspectives, clarify viewpoints, and develop solutions to community concerns.

Unlike debate, dialogue emphasizes listening to deepen understanding. Dialogue invites discovery, It develops common values and allows participants to express their own interests. It expects that participants will grow in understanding and may decide to act together with common goals. In dialogue, participants can question and reevaluate their assumptions. Through this process, people are learning to work together to improve race relations, which is our purpose in providing this space. 


What makes for successful dialogue?

The nature of the dialogue process can motivate people to work towards change. Effective dialogues do the following:

Focus on Solutions

Move towards solutions rather than continue to express or analyze the problem. An emphasis on personal responsibility moves the discussion away from finger-pointing or naming enemies and towards constructive common action.

Reach Beyond The Usual Boundaries

When fully developed, dialogues can involve the entire community, offering opportunities for new, unexpected partnerships. New partnerships can develop when participants listen carefully and respectfully to each other. A search for solutions focuses on the common good as participants are encouraged to broaden their horizons and build relationships outside their comfort zones.

Unify Communities

Uniting divided communities through a respectful, informed sharing of local racial history and its consequences for different people in today's society.  The experience of "walking through history" together can lead to healing.

Change Hearts

Aim for a change of heart, not just a change of mind. Dialogues go beyond sharing and understanding to transforming participants. While the process begins with the individual, it eventually involves groups and institutions. Ultimately, dialogues can affect how policies are made.

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About your facilitators

Staci Daniels-Sommers is a licensed clinical social worker, educator, and consultant. She began facilitating intergroup dialogue over 15 years ago as a college student at the University of Michigan, the home of the Program on Intergroup Relations, the first dialogue program of it's kind. She continued her work in dialogue, diversity, and inclusion as a manager for the Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity in metro-Detroit, working with schools to develop curriculum and programming for high school-aged students. Staci has also consulted with a number of colleges and universities as they create their own dialogue programs. She currently lives in the Santa Clarita Valley with her partner and her 2 children. She works as a psychotherapist in private practice in downtown Newhall.
Staci Daniels-Sommers
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Chris Jensen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, serving diverse cultural and socio-economic populations, within the Santa Clarita Valley. He graduated with an MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University - Los Angeles, specializing in Spiritual and Depth Psychology. Chris has developed and facilitated workshops and groups related to Mindfulness, Young Men’s Issues, Suicide Prevention, and is a Certified HealthRHYTHMS Drum Protocol Facilitator. Chris owns a local private practice (ClearPath Therapy - Santa Clarita) in addition to working within the local school systems as a School Based Therapist. He has extensive knowledge of Crisis Intervention Protocols, Trauma-Informed and Attachment Perspectives. He specializes in hard-to-reach clients, especially those with significant emotional challenges. Chris, his spouse, and two young children are active participants in local activities that build relationships and improve our community.
Chris Jensen
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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