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

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’ve gained not only confidence but tools. The Essential Partners training was worth every penny.

    Kim Davidson, Ombuds
    Oberlin College, Ohio
  • 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
  • I’m a world history teacher… now I feel I’m more empowered about how to make connections across differences. I have a better skill set to facilitate connections.

    Secondary School Teacher
    New York City

A Reckoning in Boston: Free Dialogue Event

On Tuesday, January 18, Greater Boston residents are invited to join Essential Partners and filmmaker James Rutenbeck to engage in open, honest dialogue about the new documentary film, A Reckoning in Boston, and its complex themes. The film premieres on PBS Independent Lens on Monday night, January 17.

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EP in the News: To stop another Jan. 6, we have to disagree

“The violent insurrection that took place on Jan. 6, one year ago, was not just an attempt to halt the peaceful transfer of power,” writes co-Executive Director Katie Hyten. “It represented a collective failure in the practice of our democracy, a warning that we have failed to keep alive those fundamental democratic methods in our social relationships. I am convinced that the bonds we forge in compassion will be stronger than the forces tearing this country apart.”

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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