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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

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Constructing Civic Dialogues

Trainings and workshops to enhance public dialogue.

Constructing Civic Dialogues is a new program for community members who want to:

* Build your skills at bringing people together;
* Have a conversation that helps create strong community ties;
* Learn how talking about tough topics can helps us have better relationships;
* Broaden your perspectives to understand where other people are coming from.

Civic Life has partnered with five organizations to provide these events at no cost to Portlanders.


 For more program information please contact Víctor Salinas
503-823-6694 |


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The trainings and workshops will help you: 

* Develop and practice facilitation skills;
* Learn about conflict, culture, and history of different communities;
* Understand systemic issues that are often misunderstood as a conflict between individuals;
* Build skills to support cross-pollination of different perspectives.



How can I participate?

A list of training and workshop opportunities will be listed on this page as they become available.

We plan to announce our next set of activities in Fall 2019.

Please check back regularly for updates.


Constructing Civic Dialogues Partner Organizations: 

AORTA Collective is a queer, multi-racial, and feminist organization devoted to working for social justice.  They work from an intersectional approach to liberation through training, consulting, and facilitating. They will focus on conflict resolution and facilitation skill building through workshops and post-training consulting support.

Disability Art & Culture Project addresses disability culture, Disability Justice, intersectional identities, access intimacy, and advocacy. They will provide workshops that go beyond logistics and accommodations into ‘access intimacy’ a phrase coined by Mia Mingus that embodies “a sense of freedom, bringing people closer [to] build and deepen relationships”.

Oregon Humanities is a nationally recognized leader in creating spaces and training facilitators who can hold generative spaces for conversation, learning, and cross-pollination of ideas. They offer an approach that centers on rigor and face to face engagement to dig into challenging and important topics.  

Training 4 Transformation uses experiential learning, equity expertise, and trauma-informed practices to develop and facilitate courageous dialogues. They have a long history of leading equity work in public institutions. Their project will focus on offering workshops on racism and trauma to raise awareness, increase understanding, and build tools for resiliency.

Vanport Mosaic celebrates community history by elevating and preserving the stories of those often marginalized to create a future where we all belong. Their award-winning work has grown from a singular oral history project into an annual weeklong festival of memory activism. They will be hosting five facilitated story circles with different cultural communities and an engaged audience of listeners to harvest understanding of different cultural approaches to conflict, resilience, and resistance.


Neighborhood Mediation

Information about neighborhood mediation services