The UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 Fellows Program. The Fellowship is not residential and will award up to $25,000. Applications are due by Friday, March 10th. Learn more below and on the site linked here.
Call for Fellows: UC Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement
About the Fellowship
Each year, the Center selects Fellows from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds such as law, journalism, higher education, social science, technology and government.
The Center welcomes candidates from all backgrounds to apply, and invites a wide range of innovative projects. As part of the University of California, the Center is committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunity in its education, services and administration, as well as research and creative activity. We are focused on projects that address current issues affecting students, staff, administrators and faculty and will have a direct impact on individuals and communities across campuses, particularly those from vulnerable or marginalized communities. For more information about the work of previous Fellows, click here.
As a Center Fellow, you will be welcomed into a community of practitioners, educators and students who share the common purpose of advancing the mission of the Center. Incoming Fellows are connected with former Fellows and become part of a larger UC-wide and national network of scholars, educators, practitioners and activists.
The one-year fellowship will run from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.
This year we are particularly interested in issues that explore the connections between higher education and democracy such as:
NCDD member organization, the Kettering Foundation, recently announced four promotions of key staff to support the Foundation to better meet the needs of democracy today. Huge congratulations to - Paloma Dallas, Senior Program Officer for International Programs; Joni Doherty, Senior Program Officer for Democracy and the Arts; Melinda Gilmore, Director of Communications; and Brad Rourke, Director of External Affairs and DC Operations (and one of NCDD's newest NCDD Board Members!). Read the announcement below and on the Kettering Foundation's site linked here.
Kettering Foundation announces promotions of key staff
The foundation is strengthening its capacity to meet the needs of democracy in a changing world.
DAYTON, OHIO (Feb. 23, 2023) – The Charles F. Kettering Foundation today announced organizational changes to enhance its ability to meet the needs of democracy in the 21st century. In April 2022, the foundation’s Board of Directors chose Sharon L. Davies as its president and chief executive officer—the first change in leadership at the foundation since 1981. Under her leadership, the organization is committing itself to addressing new threats to democracy, challenging persistent inequality and helping to bring about an inclusive and equitable democracy for all.
“The Kettering Foundation is in the midst of a deeply reflective strategic planning process during a time of unprecedented threats to our democracy,” said Davies. “These promotions position the foundation to meet this important moment.”
The foundation has promoted four key staff to expand its international reach, enhance its communications capacity, build new relationships in the nation’s capital, and tap the unique power of the arts to advance democracy. They are as follows:
Paloma Dallas is Senior Program Officer for International Programs. She works closely with the Director of International Programs, shaping the foundation’s international work to address the myriad democratic challenges around the globe. Dallas has previously done work to advance the Kettering Foundation’s international efforts in citizen diplomacy and brought together journalists from around the world to pursue innovations in reporting that minimize polarization and distrust. Dallas holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish from Macalester College and a master of international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Joni Doherty is Senior Program Officer for Democracy and the Arts. She is building a program that looks at the arts as a democratic practice and explores people’s understanding and experience with democracy through art. At the foundation, she has led research projects examining how higher education, humanities councils, libraries, and museums have strengthened democracy. Doherty has been a studio artist and taught in the American Studies program at Franklin Pierce University. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the University of New Hampshire, a master’s degree in cultural studies from Simmons College, and a doctorate in philosophy and art theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, in Portland, Maine.
Melinda Gilmore is Director of Communications. She oversees foundation publications, press relations, and digital communications and media, and directs all communications to advance the mission, vision, and values of the foundation. Gilmore has for many years played a key role in writing and editing foundation publications and communications, most recently as director of strategic initiatives at the foundation. Gilmore holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wright State University and a master’s degree in English from the University of Dayton.
Brad Rourke is Director of External Affairs and DC Operations. He leads the foundation’s Washington, DC, office and heads efforts to increase the foundation’s visibility, impact, and reputation with key audiences, promoting awareness and understanding of the foundation’s mission. For more than a decade at the foundation, Rourke served as a program officer and executive editor of issue guides, enabling groups to come together to discuss contentious public issues. Rourke holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master of public administration from American University in Washington, DC.
The Charles F. Kettering Foundation, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of inventive research. Founded in 1927 “to sponsor and carry out scientific research for the benefit of humanity,” the foundation is inspired by the innovativeness and ingenuity of its founder, the American inventor Charles F. Kettering. For the past four decades, the foundation’s research and programs have focused on the needs of democracy worldwide.
Find this announcement at: www.kettering.org/blogs/kettering-foundation-announces-promotions-key-staff
Several job opportunities in the dialogue, deliberation, and engagement field! The following positions have crossed our path recently: University of Kansas Ombuds Office - Associate Ombuds; Essential Partners - Director of Development and Executive Assistant; National Institute for Civil Discourse and AZ Freedom Center - Washington DC Engagement Manager; and several on National Conference on Citizenship career page. Learn more in the post below and also find our list of jobs boards to consider. Best of luck to all applicants!
Thanks to Ada Emmett, University Ombuds at the University of Kansas, for sharing the announcement below!
Associate Ombuds - I'm happy to share this position that is opening at the University of Kansas’ Ombuds Office. In addition to seeing people individually, a key component of this position is the design and delivery of facilitations for groups in conflict, and offering of training sessions on conflict management strategies and practices.
The University of Kansas Ombuds Office seeks a full-time Associate Ombuds to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of organizational, group, and individual dynamics to enhance our efforts to foster a culture of trust, respect, and belonging. This person will have demonstrated capacities to maintain confidentiality, handle sensitive information, and work to build and maintain positive work relationships with colleagues and the people they have served. A critical aspect of this position will be designing and offering facilitations for groups in conflict, and training sessions on conflict management strategies, as offered by the Ombuds Office.
This is a new position and an expansion of the Ombuds Office's team; Hybrid work available; salary range starts at $80,000. Please see full description of position, required and preferred qualifications, benefits, and about the University of Kansas, the Ombuds Office, and the lovely town of Lawrence Kansas. Rolling review of applications starts 3/20/23 and search closes on 4/10/23. Full information and application process is here, https://employment.ku.edu/associate-ombuds/24523br.
Essential Partners is looking for a new full-time Director of Development and a part-time Executive Assistant. Find the complete job descriptions, responsibilities, compensation, and qualifications at www.whatisessential.org/careers.
National Institute for Civil Discourse and the University of Arizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom are recruiting a joint Engagement Manager in Washington DC. Learn more on LinkedIn here. www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3456559158
National Conference on Citizenship has several positions posted on their site at: www.ncoc.org/job-openings/.
Keep your eye on the following jobs boards:
NCDD member organization, the National Civic League, is accepting nominations for two supplemental awards at the 2023 All-America City Awards. The Hall of Fame Award aims to recognize an outstanding civic engagement initiative of past All-America Cities. The All-America Leader Award seeks to recognize an individual’s outstanding civic contribution to their community. Applications and nominations for both awards are due March 13th! Learn more below and on the National Civic League's site here.
AAC All-America Leader and Hall of Fame Awards (due 3/13)
All-America Leader Award
To celebrate the work of civically engaged community members, the National Civic League launched the the All-America Leader Award to recognize an individual’s outstanding civic contribution to their community.
Winners will be announced in April 2023 and recognized through the League’s website, newsletter and social media channels. Winners will also be invited to participate and be recognized at the All-America City awards event. Recipients will be invited to make a presentation about their work during workshops at the awards event, will be featured in the League’s Promising Practices Database and potentially in the National Civic Review.
Call for session proposals is open for the upcoming Frontiers of Democracy 2023: Religious Pluralism and Robust Democracy in Multiracial Societies, happening July 13-15. "Frontiers of Democracy is an annual conference at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life that convenes practitioners and scholars for intensive discussions." Session proposals will be accepted until Friday, March 31st. Learn more about the conference below and on the Frontiers of Democracy site here.
Frontiers of Democracy 2023: Religious Pluralism and Robust Democracy in Multiracial Societies
Time and location: July 13 (5 - 7 PM) to July 15 (noon) on Tufts University’s Medford, MA campus near the Medford/Tufts Station on the Boston Green Line.
Frontiers of Democracy is an annual conference at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life that convenes practitioners and scholars for intensive discussions. In 2023, thanks to generous funding from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the special theme of the conference is religious pluralism and its relationship to democracy in multiracial societies.
The speakers in plenary sessions will include Cornell William Brooks, Brandon Thomas Crowley, Diana Eck, Aminta Kilawan-Narine, Eric Liu, Cristina Moon, Simran Jeet Singh, Michael Wear, and others.
The religious pluralism theme is not exclusive, and we welcome sessions on other topics related to Tisch College’s “North Star”: building robust, inclusive democracy for an increasingly multiracial society. While we will consider proposals for presentations or panels of presentations, we actively seek proposals for other formats, such as moderated discussions, meetings devoted to strategy or design, trainings and workshops, case study discussions, debates, and other creative formats.
Register and purchase tickets (Deadline for ticket sales is July 9, 2023.)
Propose sessions (Deadline for proposals is March 31, 2023.)
Registration has officially launched for #NCDD2023 - the 9th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, happening October 13-15 in Atlanta, Georgia! Early bird registration is $480 and is available until May 31! Regular registration will be $580, and our rate for full-time students is just $300. Over 3,000 people, from dozens of countries, have attended our biennial national and regional events, and we're expecting 500 this year - Register at www.tinyurl.com/NCDD2023reg. Learn more details about the conference in the post below.
We invite you to shape the conference by letting us know what you would like to see via this short survey. Excited to see you in October!
NCDD 2023 - Our REturn: Reconnect, Reflect, Renew, Recommit
Join us for NCDD 2023, the signature event for the dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement community. This three-day highly interactive conference will bring together the movers and shakers in our community to talk, learn, collaborate, and have fun. Over the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation’s 20-year history, our national conferences have brought together leaders, practitioners, academics, students, and more to share our work with one another, explore new innovations in our practice, and tackle the challenges we face. For our ninth national conference, we plan to honor this rich history, as well as celebrating the return of our in-person community gathering.
It will be nearly five years since our last in-person national conference, and we want to focus on the opportunities that coming together in person will allow us - the opportunities to reconnect, reflect, renew, and recommit to our work. Join us as we:
NCDD 2023 will be a return to our roots - gathering together to make connections, expand our learning, explore new possibilities, and chart a course for our community of practice. Join us*, reintroduce yourself, and reinvigorate your sense of purpose!
*NCDD Members receive an amazing rate on conference registration - so join us as a member to save!
What to Expect
NCDD conferences are among the most interactive and participatory events out there. Over the course of three days, participants will join together in interactive plenaries, workshop sessions, a showcase event, and more. We work hard to incorporate a variety of engagement practices into the event, as well as connect attendees to our host city through field trips, presenters, and more. And we build in lots of time for networking, exploration, and fun. Whether you have attended before or are considering joining us for the first time, there is lots in store for you!
The call for workshop proposals will be posted in mid-March, followed by opportunities to sign up for our Showcase - so stay tuned for more information and begin thinking about what you might like to do at the conference! You can view the 2018 workshops and 2018 showcases for inspiration and ideas.
Who Should Come?
Attendees include people in a variety of sectors and roles, including academia, facilitation/conflict management practice, nonprofits, business, government, libraries, museums, and more. Attendees are newcomers to the field and community members learning new engagement practices, as well as seasoned practitioners. The conference offers sessions geared toward a variety of levels of experience. We welcome everyone excited about the power of good conversations to join us at this gathering! To learn more about what to expect, check out ncdd.org/about-ncdds-events.
REGISTER HERE: www.tinyurl.com/NCDD2023reg
Learn much more about the conference at www.ncdd.org/ncdd2023. Also feel free to contact conference director Courtney Breese at email@example.com if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in October!
Find the Outside Podcast: On talking to kids about race, multiracial democracy and EmbraceRace
If you haven't listened to this episode of Find the Outside podcast, we encourage you to do so! Co-hosts Tuesday Ryan-Hart and Tim Merry "are joined by friend, co-founder and co-director of EmbraceRace, Andrew Grant-Thomas, to talk about the founding of EmbraceRace, its work in the world, the future of a multiracial democracy, advocacy and how we can talk (and listen!) to our children about race." Read more below and listen to the conversation on Find the Outside's site here.
5.08: Outside Conversations with Andrew Grant-Thomas - On talking to kids about race, multiracial democracy and EmbraceRace
Tuesday and Tim are joined by friend, co-founder and co-director of EmbraceRace, Andrew Grant-Thomas, to talk about the founding of EmbraceRace, its work in the world, the future of a multiracial democracy, advocacy and how we can talk (and listen!) to our children about race.
About Andrew Grant-Thomas:
As co-founder and co-director of EmbraceRace, Andrew Grant-Thomas (he/him) helps lead the organization's efforts to support parents, educators and other caregivers to raise children who are thoughtful, informed and brave about race.
Mark your calendars! The annual National Week Of Conversation will be from April 17th-23rd! This week-long event will feature hundreds of opportunities for people to engage in conversation with one another, both online and in-person, across a range of topic areas. "Experts around the globe endorse guided, face-to-face conversation across differences as one of the most powerful tools available to remove the biases, stereotypes, and misperceptions before they have the opportunity to rip societies apart. By engaging 1:1 and in small groups, we remind ourselves that the “other” is – just like us – a person with family, friends, hopes, fears, values, and worth." Learn more about the events already planned and how you can host your own event on the National Week of Conversation site linked here.
National Week Of Conversation Happening April 17-23, 2023
The 6th annual National Week of Conversation (April 17-23), invites Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs to find their place in community with people willing to talk across their differences to solve important problems. Hundreds of organizations have already stepped up to provide resources and host events that speak to how conversations can move us forward in K-12 and Higher Education, in our local communities, and even in our politics. These resources and events provide Americans from every corner of the United States the opportunity to discover common interests, solve problems, and raise their voices together. Join us to take a courageous step on this hopeful mission to defeat toxic polarization and heal America by transforming division and contempt into connection and understanding. #ListenFirst
Become a Partner
Join us and become a partner organization- it’s simple! Host an event or promote National Week of Conversation (NWOC) via web, social media, and press. We’ll provide you a toolkit with assets and guidance on content that helps you leverage your email list, web, social media, and earned media to encourage broad participation in National Week of Conversation, while amplifying your own work. Email Lizzy Becker for more information on becoming a partner, or for any questions regarding becoming a partner. More information here.
Learn more on the National Week of Conversation site linked here: https://conversation.us
Call for Proposals for the 2023 Annual Conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) are now open! PJSA "invites scholars, activists, students, community-based practitioners, experiential educators, musicians, artists, social-movement organizers, and other interested people or groups to offer ideas about, approaches to, or critiques of positive peace". The conference, The Art and Science of Peace: Building Positive Peace in the Twenty-first Century, is happening September 15-17, 2023 in Ames, Iowa. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2023. Learn more about the call for proposals in the post below and on PJSA's site here.
2023 Call for Proposals: Annual Conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association
The Art and Science of Peace: Building Positive Peace in the Twenty-first Century
September 15-17, 2023 | Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
Informed global citizens understand that we are in crisis. The interlocking challenges posed by environmental destruction, gaping social and economic inequalities, global mental health crises, rampant consumerism, and a politics of power which stymies meaningful debate have led humanity to the precipice. What we desperately need for a peace-filled future is positive peace, the type of peace recognizing the interconnectedness of our individual beings with others and the environment. We need examples of and pathways to types of peace that embrace community, justice, resilience, a mutualism that honors the past, lives in the present, and facilitates a healthy, just, and right future. We need narratives grounded in respect for all beings, the planet we call home, and the vastness of the cosmos. The 2023 Peace and Justice Studies Association invites scholars, activists, students, community-based practitioners, experiential educators, musicians, artists, social-movement organizers, and other interested people or groups to offer ideas about, approaches to, or critiques of positive peace.
National Association For Community Mediation (NAFCM) has new two funding stream opportunities available! One funding, in collaboration with NCDDer Living Room Conversations (LRC), will focus on School Board/Community Engagement; the second funding will focus on rural engagement. Each stream will fund $15,000 (for up to five selected applicants each stream). Thank you to D.G. Mawn, NAFCM's President, for sharing this announcement with the NCDD network! Learn more below, including important information on upcoming requirements.
National Association For Community Mediation (NAFCM) Funding Opportunities
NAFCM will be facilitating two small community funding streams ($15,000 each site). One is supported through AAA-ICDR focused on School Board/Community Engagement. The other is supported through the JAMS Foundation focused on rural community engagement.
On February 28 at 7 PM ET, NAFCM and LRC will host a meeting for those interested in School Board/Community Engagement and the funding application. Participants must pre-register at School Board/ Community Engagement - linked here. Find the Solicitation of Interest linked here. The applications are due April 17.
On March 15 at 3:30 PM ET, NAFCM will host a meeting for those interested in strengthening rural engagement funding application. Participants must pre-register at Rural Engagement - linked here. Find the Solicitation of Interest linked here. The application is due March 31.