Living Room Conversations & Story Stitch

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Living Room Conversations are a simple way to connect across divides through meaningful and authentic dialogue.

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Living Room Assignment Template

Conversation Agreements: How We Will Engage

  • Be curious and listen to understand. Conversation is as much about listening as it is about talking. You might enjoy exploring how others’ experiences have shaped their values and perspectives.
  • Show respect and suspend judgment. People tend to judge one another. Setting judgment aside opens you up to learning from others and makes them feel respected and appreciated. Try to truly listen, without interruption or crosstalk.
  • Note any common ground as well as any differences. Look for areas of agreement or shared values that may arise and take an interest in the differing beliefs and opinions of others.
  • Be authentic and welcome that from others. Share what’s important to you. Speak from your experience. Be considerate of others who are doing the same.
  • Be purposeful and to the point. Do your best to keep your comments concise and relevant to the question you are answering. Be conscious of sharing airtime with other participants.
  • Own and guide the conversation. Take responsibility for the quality of your participation and the conversation as a whole. Be proactive in getting yourself and others back on track if needed. Use an agreed upon signal like the “time out” sign if you feel the agreements are not being honored.
  • Practice humility. Know that you and others will make mistakes. That is okay. It's part of the process when engaging in vulnerable and authentic conversations.
Living Room Conversations

For the remainder of spring 2021 semester, Living Room Conversations will be held on a topic-specific basis in partnership with student organizations, clubs, departments and others.

Story Stitch

Story Stitch, developed by Green Card Voices, is a storytelling activity meant to foster connection, empathy and deeper conversations between people of different cultural backgrounds. For the remainder of the Spring 2021 Semester, Story Stitch will be offered in partnership with groups interested in building relationships, and trust to learn from each others' lived experiences. Please reach out to Catrina Huynh-Weiss if you are interested in our team hosting a Story Stitch hour. 

Please check the dates below to register for LRCs and Story Stitch.