Train-the-Trainer Opportunity: Difficult Dialogues

Posted on 4/15/2019 10:11:37 AM

Thank you to those who attended either of the two-day Difficult Dialogues workshops this past year. Your participation greatly enriched IUP’s effort to create a climate in which students, staff, faculty, and administrators can respectfully engage on the tough topics of our times and honor each other’s’ varied backgrounds, identities, and perspectives. It also qualified you to attend the culminating workshop on Difficult Dialogues in May.

A train-the-trainer opportunity, presented by Libby Roderick, will be held the week of May 20–24, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room. Attendance for all five days is optimal; however, participants are asked to attend at least three of the five days. Lunch will be provided each day, and there is no fee to attend. Registration is required and may be done by emailing  

Libby RoderickIn this workshop, designed to equip you to share your knowledge with other members of the IUP community, you will:

  • Revisit and practice strategies from your two-day workshop;
  • Learn additional approaches for effectively engaging controversial topics;
  • Explore processes for handling unexpected controversy, unintentionally oppressive statements, and/or disruptive students;
  • Explore how free speech and academic freedom considerations apply to difficult dialogues;
  • Strengthen the network of like-minded IUP participants; and
  • Prepare to both use and teach the strategies within the IUP community.

The workshop is based upon the publication Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education, a field manual for educators who want to strengthen their teaching and engage more effectively in conversations about the most important issues of our time. This resource is now available in the IUP Libraries.

Please call or email the Social Equity and Title IX Office with questions or for further information.