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Build a community strengthened by differences, connected by trust.

We partner with communities and organizations around the globe, equipping them to navigate the values, beliefs, and identities that are essential to them.

Our Impact

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Dialogue Catalyzes a New School in Ohio

The city of Oberlin, Ohio, faced a daunting municipal challenge: deciding whether to renovate four dilapidated school buildings, or to replace them with a single, modern edifice.

  • I feel more comfortable participating in class and less defensive when other students disagree. And because I learned more from my fellow students about their views, I now feel less competitive with them than in other classes.

    Undergraduate Student
    Bridgewater College, Virginia
  • This is the best adult learning experience I have had in the past five years. I wanted to learn new skills—I did!

    Program Participant
  • I ran for my local school board in 2018 and was elected. I use the skills in our meetings, whether I’m chairing the meeting or not. This makes the meetings much more productive. We don’t go over the same topics over and over again.

    Misty Stoll, School Board Trustee
    Wyoming

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.”

Recent Partners

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Logo: The Colossian Forum, Michigan
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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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