Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sign Up Today! Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Orientation Training!

Student Activities & Leadership Development is about to host the first Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation (KNCR) orientation training at UC since the 1970s.  The curriculum has been updated much since then and the number of people who've completed it around the world has grown exponentially!

The orientation training to KNCR offers students, faculty, and staff at UC the chance to build a foundation in nonviolent social change and reflect on their own values and practices as leaders.  This training is offered all over the world, connecting Bearcats with a global community of nonviolence.

Through full participation in the 16-hour orientation training, participants:

  • Develop a nuanced understanding of nonviolence as a philosophy and practice
  • Build their ability to analyze conflict for effective response
  • Explore key examples of nonviolent social change in the US Civil Rights Movement
  • Learn the Six Principles of Nonviolence and the Six Steps of Nonviolence
  • Learn and apply multiple models to social change movements for effective nonviolent practices
All materials are provided free of charge to participants courtesy of SALD and the UC Diversity Council.

Applications are available NOW for a mid-January to mid-February session that meets over four Friday afternoons with dinner provided.  Apply today!

Applications will be available soon for a two-day training held in conjunction with the Annual Student Leadership Conference.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Lessons Learned: The RAPP Agreement

In RAPP, we use "The RAPP Agreement" to help our group members communicate their needs to one another. 

The process of building The RAPP Agreement begins with a list of suggestions from current members on ways they can feel heard and respected within the group as well as ways they can stay present and respectful. After vetting these suggestions the group ends up with a nice set of community guidelines (not rules) that will help them communicate throughout our 9-month process. 

I feel this process and its end product are invaluable to the RAPP group and I highly recommend implementation outside of RAPP. This agreement helps the group promote healthy conversation with the group, while avoiding conflict where no learning takes place. Thinking about needs is a good communication skill for leaders.

Lessons Learned is a RAPP Blog initiative intended for folks who hold formal leadership positions in RAPP programs to share what they're learning through their process