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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

community members at a table discussing important topics

Trainings and workshops to enhance public dialogue.

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;
* Broaden 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.

Upcoming Trainings:

Training 4 Transformation - January 18th, 2020

Racism, Trauma & Healing Workshop

This is a free event, visit their website to find out more information and how to register

Black Founders of the United States of America - February 18th, 2020

Explore the roots of how black people established and sustained themselves in Oregon

There is a suggested donation of $20 for this workshop. Visit their website to find out more and how to register 

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.

 For more program information please contact Dianne Riley:

Neighborhood Mediation

Information about neighborhood mediation services