Community Conversations

Summer of listening

How has the death of George Floyd impacted you?

What is Community Conversations?

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Since 2017, Pace has been hosting VCU students to engage in conversations with one another. The topics have included: How has your community impacted your mental health? How has your community impacted your physical health? What is motivating you to vote tomorrow? 

Pace Community Conversations have had the following as it's guide: 

Goal: Share diverse experiences so we can learn from one another.

Theory: Focus on the individual's experiences. You can debate someone's policy positions, but you can't debate their experiences. When you hear about other's experiences, you learn and grow. We as a community, learn and grow.

How: By creating a space for minority and majority voices to be heard:

#1 Be Respectful

#2 Expect to Learn

Note: 

  • This is an experiment.

  • We are not perfect.

  • Feedback is welcome.

 
 

How to Participate?

Our Community Conversations usually happen at Pace. While COVID-19 has kept us from having vital in-person interaction, it has given us an opportunity to share the Community Conversation with a larger audience. Here are ways you can participate, either by yourself or with a group.

 

Please note - this virtual format is an experiment.

We welcome questions, thoughts, and concerns: info@thepacecenter.com 

How to participate as an INDIVIDUAL

Step 1

Listen

Read each of the reflections from above. Make sure to click on the picture to see the entire reflection on: How has the death of George Floyd impacted you?

Step 2

Reflect

Take a few moments of silence in between each reading to reflect on what you have read. Maybe write down thoughts or draw a reflection.

Step 3

Share your learning

Pace will provide an opportunity for others to submit what they have learned. With permission, we will post some of these submissions. Read these posts once we have them up. 

 

Then take time to write down what you yourself have learned from hearing other's experiences. If you feel comfortable, submit it to Pace hereNote: The focus of this time is on what you have learned from others, not on your experience.

Step 4

Share your experience

Take time to answer for yourself: How has the death of George Floyd impacted you?

How is your response similar or different from what you read above?

Step 5

Listen even more

Challenge friends, family or members of your church to participate in this experience as a group. Or simply ask others with whom you already have deep relationship: How has the death of George Floyd impacted you?

How to participate as an GROUP

Step 1

Gather

Gather either in-person or online with a group of people you have already developed a relationship with. Your family, a group of friends, a small group from church.

Step 2

Listen

Assign different members of the group reading from above to read out loud. Make sure to click on the picture to see the entire reflection on: How has the death of George Floyd impacted you?

Step 3

Reflect

Take a few moments of silence in between each reflection for members of the group to reflect on what they have heard. Some might want to write down thoughts or draw a reflection.

Step 4

Share your learning

Invite members of the group to go around and share what they have learned from hearing others' experiences. Note: The focus of this time is on what you have learned from others, not on your experience.

Pace will provide an opportunity for others to submit what they have learned. With permission, we will post some of these submissions. Now would be an appropriate time to share some of the posts of what others have learned. If everyone in the group agrees, share highlights of what your group learned with us here.

Step 5

Share your experience

If time permits, allow members of the group who feel comfortable to answer the question for themselves out loud: How has the death of George Floyd impacted you?

Step 6

Listen even more

Challenge members of the group to repeat this experience with others or simply ask others whom you already have deep relationship: How has the death of George Floyd impacted you?

Next time your group meets - reflect on the experience. 

What Others Have Learned

Once we have submissions of what people have learned, we will post some here for you to read and include as part of the Community Conversation experience.

Please note: Pace will not post all submissions, but will work to share submissions that represent a variety of responses and are in keeping with the spirit of Community Conversations - Creating a space for minority and majority voices to be heard: #1 Be Respectful #2 Expect to Learn

Have questions? Email us at info@thepacecenter.com

 

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