Among the takeaways: campus job titles and last names should be left at the door. “It helped everyone feel like they were present in the space at the same level when having conversation,” said Jeremy Gudauskas, assistant vice president and co-director of the Center for Social Impact. “This program helped us toward our goal of cultivating meaningful and productive dialogue, especially in difficult times and through challenging topics. A new ‘Chirp Toolkit,’ for example, is a comprehensive dialogue training resource that can be used across campus by students, staff or faculty.” The Toolkit was developed by Kamelotte Gregory, assistant director for social impact, and Stephania Rodriguez '14, assistant director of multicultural affairs.
The student research team gathered qualitative and quantitative data, assessing participants’ comfort level and their overall experiences. A report on the results of the full grant and outcomes was submitted to Ashoka U in July.
“The team found that 100 percent of students, faculty, and staff reported gaining new insights,” Shah said. “When asked what the biggest takeaway was, one participant responded, ‘Learn more. Hear others.’ I see this level of awareness and openness to learn as success.”
Dialogue events continued virtually over the summer and more are planned under Project Re-Connect.