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Our Impact

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Addressing Racism and Crafting Values with Sewanee, University of the South

“Where other campuses have really struggled with this complex issue, dialogue really shifted the conversation about representation, power, and history into a new space, allowing it to move forward in a productive and ultimately transformative way.”

  • One of the things that’s so crucial to even fostering dialogue around diversity, equity, and inclusion is creating opportunities for folks to engage in deep reflective self-awareness.

    Patrick Hale, director of Multicultural and Identity Programs
    Babson College, MA
  • There is a need not only for safe space within our churches but for our church leaders who often feel alone, or who may feel their job could be at risk if they engage in controversial conversations. How are they to make safe spaces in their own congregations for healthy dialogue if they rarely experience safe space to do the same?

    Megan DeFranza
    Gordon College, Massachusetts
  • We talked about where we are in the world right now, so we talked quite a bit about polarization. Essential Partners showed how these conversations are becoming more taxing and challenging because of that polarization. These were some first steps in terms of how we can start to have those conversations.

    Anjali Bal, Associate Professor of Marketing
    Babson College, MA

A Guide to Conversations About the Role of Guns in American Life

This new free guide will help you gain a deeper understanding of different views, envision the proper role of guns in a given context, foster a sense of belonging, create the conditions for healing and support after a traumatic event—and it may lead directly to a collective decision, or lay the foundation for future decisions.

This resource is based on real conversations that have taken place among gun ownership and gun regulation advocates as well as people who don’t fit neatly into either of those labels.

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EP in the News: Let’s Build Trust Instead of Banning Books

“As someone who has spent more than 20 years teaching about religion to college students,” writes EP Academic Associate Jill DeTemple, a faculty member at Southern Methodist University, “I have seen the possibility and power of conversations that move from stuck talking points that reinforce entrenched positions to new exchanges that invite deep reflection and curiosity about others’ experiences.”

Recent Partners

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The Poynter Instittue
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Chatham Financial Services
American Library Association
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
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Lahey Behavioral Health Services
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