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Constructing Civic Dialogues

Two women sitting at a table having a conversation

Trainings and Workshops to Enhance Public Dialogues

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

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

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

Upcoming Trainings:

February 2020

February 4: PUAH - Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces, SE Uplift, 5:30 pm, (Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd)

February 5: PUAH - Understanding and Addressing Islamaphobia, Pre-registration required here

February 7: PUAH - Trans in America, Rosewood Initiative, 10am-1 pm (16126 SE Stark St)

March 2020

March 18: PUAHHate, Housing and the Landscape of our City, North Portland Neighborhood Services, 6:30 pm  (2209 N. Schofield Street) Registration: Mary Jaron Kelley at 503-823-8877 or

April 2020

April 3: PUAH - Trauma Informed Care: Rosewood Initiative, 10 am-1pm  (16126 SE Stark St ) Registration: Matt Ruddy

April 6: AORTA - Why Meetings Matter: Anti-Oppression & Meeting Facilitation 6pm - 9:30pm ( Northwest Health Foundation 221 NW 2nd Ave) Pre-registration required here.

April 8: PUAH - Trauma Informed Care: City Repair, 6:00-8:30 (Leaven Community, 5431 NE 20th) For information on registration please contact: Ridhi D'Cruz

April 11: PUAH - Trans in America, City Repair/NECN, 1pm  (Carvlin Hall: 2408 SW 16th Ave) Pre-registration required here.

April 16: PUAH - Trans In American, SE Uplift. 5:30 pm (Brentwood Darlington, 7211 SE 62nd) Pre-registration required here.

April 20:  AORTA - Democratic Decision Making: Shifting to shared decision making structures 9:30am - 1:30pm  (Location TBD) Pre-registration required here.

May 2020

May 8: AORTA - Facilitation for Liberation: Facilitating with an anti-oppression framework (Q-Center 4115 N Mississippi Ave) Pre-registration required here.

May 20: AORTA - Resolution Not Ruins: Transforming conflict in your organization 9:30am - 1:30pm ( Location TBD) Pre-registration required here.

May 20:  PUAH - Trauma Informed Care, NPNS, 6:30 pm (2209 N. Schofield Street) Registration: Mary Jaron Kelley at 503-823-8877 or

 June 2020

June 1: AORTA - Talking Shop: Healthy Communication in Organizations 9:30am - 1:30pm (Location TBD) Pre-registration required here.

June 2: PUAH - Trauma Informed Care, SE Uplift, 5:30 pm (Brentwood Darlington, 7211 SE 62nd) Pre-registration required here. 

June 2: PUAH - Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces, City Repair Village Building Convergence, 6-9 pm (Carvlin Hall: 2408 SW 16th Ave) Pre-registration required here

June 5: PUAH - Understanding and Addressing Islamophobia, Rosewood Initiative, 10am-1 pm (16126 SE Stark St) To register, please email: Matt Ruddy at

June 17: PUAH - Trans in America, NPNS, 6:30 pm (2209 N. Schofield Street) Registration: Mary Jaron Kelley at 503-823-8877 or

June 22: AORTA - Dismantling Oppression and Building Justice: An AORTA Basics Workshop 9:30am - 1:30pm (Location TBD) Pre-registration required here. 

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.

Portland United Against Hate is a coalition of over 80 organizations working to address hate violence in Portland. They manage the Report Hate tracking tool as well as provide community-based expertise on issues such as responding to alt-right / white supremacist activity, policy analysis, and connectivity with diverse communities affected by hate incidents. Their project will focus on subjects related to hate and bias, interrupting hate, hate in housing, Transphobia, and Islamaphobia.

Resolutions Northwest offers equity informed conflict mediation services as well as training and consultation to individuals, communities, and organizations in the Portland metro area. Their project will provide volunteer training and coordination for a Mediators of Color Cohort.

 For more program information please contact Carlee Smith:

Neighborhood Mediation

Information about neighborhood mediation services