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Renew hope where you live, work, worship, and learn

We give people the means to strengthen relationships, deepen belonging, and renew hope in their communities.

Our Impact

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Fostering Campus Resilience with the University of Scranton

"Facilitated dialogue creates a classroom atmosphere in which exploring uncomfortable issues and asking difficult questions is an expected part of the process, and it allows students space to engage each other without fear of the vitriol common in our public discourse."

  • I have learned how to not be offended and to be better prepared to receive other people's communication. You don't have to agree, but you can respect the other person.

    Undergraduate Student
    Randolph College (VA)
  • 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
  • The dialogue training allowed me to push myself to speak up first. In an informal conversation, I’m not usually the first person to voice my opinion; I usually end up listening, rather than taking a stance on sharing my opinion. But the dialogue training empowered us to decide if we want to say something now or listen. It really made me feel part of the conversation, rather than being on the outside, observing.

    Jordan Cuffee ’21
    Cary Academy, NC

Five Weeks of Dialogue: An Essential Email Series

This five-week email series is designed to supercharge your efforts to reduce polarization, bridge divides, and change the way people engage differences of identities, values, and perspectives. Whether you're thinking about large-scale projects or looking for small, simple, everyday tools to foster healthier relationships, you'll be able to use these skills and resources where you live, work, worship, and learn.

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News: Essential Partners is a New Pluralists Grantee!

We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected as one of 32 grantees for the New Pluralists Healing Starts Here initiative! We'll be partnering with civic and faith groups, nonprofits, schools, law enforcement, and municipalities in North Carolina’s Research Triangle to build a culture of resilience, belonging, and compassion across differences of identities and perspectives. 

Recent Partners

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Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
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