Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort - 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA  January 11, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ancient Tools Bring Success in Today’s Global Market

WINTER SESSION 2018 – ALUMNI TRACK PRESENTATION

Presenters: Susan B. Quash-Mah, PhD (HOD 2012) and Suzan A. M. McVicker, PhD (HOD 2017)

FIELDING CONTINUALLY AIMS TO GENERATE A HIGH MORALE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR ALUMNI IN ORDER TO PURSUE AN ENGAGED GRADUATE COMMUNITY. THE GOAL TO CONTINUALLY KEEP ALUMNI INVOLVEMENT AT OUR WINTER AND SUMMER SESSIONS RESULTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ALUMNI TRACK, WHICH ORIGINATED BY ALUMNI FOR ALUMNI AND STUDENTS.

Presentation Description:

Learn and practice elegant, timeless tools developed by cultures the world over.  Individual and organizational wellbeing depends upon deeper understandings and sense of belonging fostered by including everyone’s voice.  Participate in techniques for leading-edge communication skills that adapt to diverse group needs where dignity, understanding, and creative solutions are key.

In today’s global market, communication is essential to the health and wellbeing of individuals and organizations. However, truly hearing each other is often lost as the louder or more assertive voices overshadow softer or more reflective voices. In addition, the pace of life and business can often move so quickly that time is not taken to truly listen to ourselves and to those with whom we work and live. Compounding these basic differences are cultural differences in beliefs and values (Cowan & Adams, 2002). Cowan and Adams stated: “It is becoming more apparent in today’s interconnected world that people with different values and beliefs often do not work well with one another., usually because they do not understand one another, usually because they do not sincerely listen to one another, often because infra-structures and foundations for doing so are inadequate or missing” (p. 2).

Drawing from Indigenous traditions, the Talking Circle is one approach to better listening, to deeper engagement in personal reflection, and to increased understanding, cooperation, collaboration, and creativity for individuals and organizations/businesses. When everyone’s voice is heard—the entire symphony of ideas and feelings—all members of the circle and the collective benefit from deeper understanding and a greater felt sense of “group” and belonging. One component of restorative justice is to ensure that all voices are heard. “Talking Circles are one of many restorative practices used to facilitate effective dialogue among shareholders because it fosters a similarity of integration, motivation, and values” (Jones, 2016, abstract).

This seminar will be highly experiential with questions and discussion encouraged.

  1. Introductions and Opening Invocation
  2. Talking Circles’ Origins, Descriptions, Benefits in Today’s Multi-cultural World, and Practice
  3. Origins and descriptions of historical uses of Talking Circles
  4. Benefits of Talking Circles in today’s multi-cultural world for individuals, businesses, and organizations
The basics of Talking Circle practice and etiquette:
  1. Practice: Engage in a Talking Circle with all participants present (depending on size of group may be two Circles; one lead by each of the two workshop facilitators). Topic for the Talking Circle will be decided by participants with facilitators’ guidance.
  2. Debrief of Talking Circle experience; Discussion of applications in personal and work environments
  3. Questions and Closing Invocation

TARGET AUDIENCE: Students and alumni interested in restorative justice, multi-cultural techniques for increased understanding, communication, and belonging, and in improving individual and organizational environments through enhanced communications.

Learning objectives:

  • Increase skill in articulation of how Talking Circles support market excellence, healing, and restorative justice.
  • Enhance leadership skill set with practice in offering and participation in Talking Circles.
  • Hone skills for eliciting a sense of belonging, dignity, and creative presence of each participant in a group meeting.

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For more information, contact Director of Alumni Relations Hilary Molina