Co-facilitated by Natalie Sowell and Javiera Benavente

In this course, we will explore various theories and practices that support collective group process, shared learning, and collaborative actions with the aim of creating more just and resilient communities. Through reading, discussion, reflective exercises, and intentional community engagement, we will seek answers to questions such as: How can we co-create a learning community that values each member as a teacher, learner and changemaker? How can facilitation support effective participatory group process? How can we cultivate critical connections, build resilient relationships, and strengthen communities so that we are better equipped to create the changes we envision? How do our positional identities impact our work? Which practices support collective reflection and accountability, and avoid replication of the systems and structures of oppression that we aim to dismantle? How can we develop nuanced and robust understandings and analyses of the challenges we face, so that we can create effective responses? What are our visions, values and ethical commitments, and how can we put these into practice?

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