We will use the Ground Rules below for our discussion group. Each session will be a facilitated discussion of selected essays, led by a member of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. Participants should read our Ground Rules prior to the sessions.
Forward: "This group is intended to be a forum for discussion of ideas and for learning about differing viewpoints, not for debate. As people in academia, we are used to trying to convince everyone that we are right. In discussions around diversity and equity, it's important to understand that everyone sees and experiences the world differently - what is "right" in your experience may not be so in someone else's. Everyone is asked to consider different perspectives, for the purpose of sensitivity, learning, and growth. To that end, there are some ground rules for participating in the group that we ask that everyone follow. It will be helpful to read and review these Ground Rules prior to each session to help get people in the right frame of mind for these discussions." (1)
We can modify these as a group to meet our own needs.
(1) Forward and Ground Rules from Ground Rules and Tools for Productive Discussions (NCAR); also from the ISU Principles of Community, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (UMichigan), and ROPES.