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Community Dialogue Workshop - 3 session series

Severe polarization distorts our view of our fellow community members. Interactions with people with different perspectives on political issues or other controversial topics are largely confined to shouting matches over social media, or are avoided altogether. For those who seek mutual understanding, it can be hard to find an opportunity; and if we have the opportunity, we lack the skills to keep the conversation productive.

Through dialogue, we aim to dismantle our stereotypes of those who do not hold our opinions, and arrive at a deeper understanding of the complex landscape of a different world view. In this very interactive workshop, we will explore our cognitive and emotional barriers to meaningfully engaging with people who disagree with us. Participants will practice skills for overcoming these barriers, inviting others to a less combative approach, and tools for sticking with it when things get heated. The workshop will be held over Zoom over the course of 3 weeks. The three sessions build on each other, so please plan to attend all three.


  • Monday, December 7, 2020
  • Monday, December 14, 2020
  • Monday, December 21, 2020

Time: 9:00 am - 12 pm

Cost: Free

Location: Online via Zoom. Zoom link will be sent to students ahead of training.

Registration is required.

32 - Hour Basic Mediation Training

This training will introduce participants to the themes, practices and skills of becoming a mediator in the community. Mediation is a confidential process in which an impartial person, a mediator, helps two or more parties voluntarily work towards a mutually acceptable agreement. Students will learn how to communicate with the parties during case development and mediation, promote understanding, and facilitate the problem solving discussion that helps resolve the dispute. 

Classes will be held online via Zoom over the course of 3 weeks.

Dates and Times

This training is broken up into 7 Sessions on Zoom:

  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021  from 9:00 am to 1 pm
  • Thursday, January 14, 2021  from 9:00 am to 1 pm
  • Friday, January 15, 2021 from 9:00 am to 1 pm
  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 9:00 am to 1 pm 
  • Friday, January 22, 2021 from 9:00 am to 1 pm 
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm 
  • Friday, January 29, 2021 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm 

Cost: $250

If you need financial assistance to attend and you plan to utilize your mediation skills to benefit your community, you are eligible to apply for a Community Mediator Scholarship. Recipients will be chosen based on self-reported financial need and explanation of how skills will be applied to benefit others in their community. Community can be any group of people you associate with and are a part of culturally-specific, neighborhood, faith-based, etc. Scholarship recipients can attend the training for $75. Scholarship application is part of the registration.

Location: Online via Zoom. Zoom link will be sent to students ahead of training.

Registration is required.

The CMD has shifted to remote based services. We appreciate your patience as we navigate new ways of operating. 

Please email us at or call 503-526-2523 for any inquiries.

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.