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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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Building Trust Between Police and the Black Community in North Carolina

“As a black mother I participated because I want to save my son from harm, and I feared for our safety. I no longer have that fear—just a belief that my community is stronger.”

  • The professor was able to engage every student. She encouraged them to present new ideas. Dialogue helped create an environment that really deepened the understanding of the material.

    Undergraduate Student
    Southern Methodist University, Texas
  • Using what we learned from Essential Partners, staff were able to model effective and respectful communication for students. A next step would be for us to help students employ some of these methods themselves. The staff not only gained skills in communication but also left feeling supported by each other in the work that we do.

    Katie Shear, Civic Engagement Coordinator
    Southern Vermont College, VT
  • This was probably the most profound workshop that we ever brought to campus. It offered a really unique foundation in personal insight.

    Janet Lansberry, Weissman Center Assistant Director
    Mount Holyoke College, MA

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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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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