People in conversation

Build a community where your differences of identities, values, and perspectives become your greatest strength.

  • While mediators are taught to find common ground and commonalities, Essential Partners teaches how to engage differences constructively instead of trying to homogenize. Knowing how to approach people who are different than you and understand their complexities is a really useful tool.

    Jasmyn Samaroo, Brown University Mediation Project
    Brown University, RI
  • As a pharmacy major, I do not receive much training on how to handle difficult or controversial conversations. I think that this training will help me not only in my duties as a resident assistant, but in discussing medications and therapies with future patients when the conversation becomes difficult.

    Undergraduate Student
    Northeastern University, MA
  • I’ve gained not only confidence but tools. The Essential Partners training was worth every penny.

    Kim Davidson, Ombuds
    Oberlin College, Ohio

Race in America: A Free Dialogue Guide from Essential Partners

This free guide draws on decades of experience engaging with communities, schools, faith institutions, and organizations as they wrestle with issues of race. It is designed for anyone who hopes to have deeper, more open, inclusive, and transformative conversations about race and racism in their community.

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EP in the News: Revving up the ‘curiosity engine’ in inclusive class discussions

“Dialogue shifts the focus from the teacher as the source of all information to the students as the co-creators of ideas, conversation and curiosity,” John Sarrouf tells District Administration. “And the moment you know that it’s working is when a student turns toward another to ask a genuinely curious question to understand more about what the other student has said.”

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