Diversity Roundtable to Facilitate Last Round of Conversation Circles before Program Finds a New Home Organization.

The Diversity Round Table (DRT) of Greater Lafayette Commerce and the Tippecanoe County Library have successfully completed the Conversation Circles portion of the Building Common Ground (BCG): Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion Grant that was made possible by support from the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute.  Now, the Diversity Roundtable will run one last session of Conversation Circles before handing the program over to the YWCA.

“The core of this program is in line with the mission of our organization so they seem to be a natural fit to our existing programs,” says Janae Kraud, Youth/Adult Program Coordinator at the Lafayette YWCA.

The Conversation Circles interactions are small group sessions with a facilitator aimed at experiencing diversity, inclusion, compassion and civility on an interpersonal level.  Learning through safe and honest dialogue how experiences differ through diversity.  A large amount of self-exploration is also expected during the sessions.

“I believe that wide spread participation in Conversation Circles would help citizens realize that we are a lot more alike than we are different , and that disagreement is neither good nor bad; it's an opportunity to learn and grow,” says participant Jean Andres.

Along with Andres, there were a total of 54 participants in the Conversation Circles sessions from September to December 2012.  A post participation survey of participants showed an overwhelming 100% YES response when asked if they felt the effort to hold Conversation Circles in our community should be repeated and 81% of respondents said they themselves would participate again as well.

With this enthusiastic response, the Diversity Roundtable is now looking for participants for another round of Conversation Circles to be held February through April 2013.  For information on the upcoming sessions and/or to participate visit: http://www.doodle.com/zxms4x8f9h227mxq.  The deadline for registration is February15, 2013.


About Diversity Roundtable

The mission of the Diversity Roundtable of Greater Lafayette is to work toward inclusion by encouraging access, equity and respect for all.  The Diversity Roundtable is committed to addressing multiple dimensions of human diversity, specifically those that are linked to conditions in our community that result from prejudice and discrimination.  The Diversity Roundtable provides leadership and promotes strategies to achieve a culture that values diversity as evidenced by attitudes, policies and practices within Lafayette, West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County, Indiana. The Diversity Roundtable is a committee of Greater Lafayette Commerce and works in collaboration with the YWCA and the three Human Relations Commissions in Tippecanoe County.  Meetings are held the first Thursday each month at YWCA, 605 N. 6th St. Lafayette, 11:30am to 1pm and are open to the public.  Visit their website at www.diversitytippecanoe.org.