SPI Community Day: Practical Tools for Hard Problems in Our Communities

February 2, 2018

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Join us for an engaging training and workshop series that aims to enhance your facilitation, leadership and peacebuilding tools for work in your organization or community. 

Participants will attend two workshops to gain practical tools for peacebuilding, conflict transformation skills in the workplace, facilitation and community organizing. The day will also include a morning plenary speaker, opportunities for networking, and a lunch presentation by regional community leaders.

SPI Community Day is modeled after the Summer Peacebuilding Institute which is held on campus every May and June. Registration for SPI 2018 is now open!


RegistrationSPI Community Day Flier

Registration cost is $50 ($25 for students), and includes:

  • Two 90 minute workshop sessions
  • Morning coffee and pastries (sponsored by Everence)
  • Catered lunch presentation by a community leader
  • Waiver code for the $50 SPI application fee
  • A copy of a Little Book of Justice and Peacebuilding

Register for SPI Community Day here!


Plenary Speakers 


Morning Plenary: Massive Resilience: A Restorative, Trauma-Sensitive Approach for Racial Healing

Instructor: Ram Bhagat

Our collective unhealed racial history in the United States is deeply rooted in the historical trauma caused by the lie of white superiority. This collective trauma continues to adversely impact society as a whole. When deep emotional wounds are not addressed within the safety of a culturally responsive social-emotional environment, the effects can be detrimental and re-traumatizing. Often, the souls of Black folks are not afforded the space nor “given permission” to address the traumatic effects of racism.

Massive Resilience is designed to counteract the hierarchy of human value based on skin color. This interdisciplinary racial healing process is also designed to counteract the traumatic effects of public school segregation. Massive Resilience encompasses drumming, dance, drama, and film; community-based trauma healing; culturally relevant pedagogy; restorative practices (e.g. peacemaking circles); narrative change, yoga and mindfulness; gardening and urban ecology, and the HEarts (i.e. health equity and arts). The heart of Massive Resilience is a peer-to-peer, restorative, trauma-sensitive, arts-based racial healing program.


Lunchtime Presentation: Human Centered Design

Instructor: Roxy Allen Kioko
Do you want to improve your community but don't know where to start? Or do you want to get better at what your organization already does? Human-Centered Design is a 4-stage process you can follow to create solutions to complex problems in the form of products, services, campaigns, and new businesses. This lunch plenary will introduce you to the process and give you ideas for using it immediately in your community and organization.



A variety of workshops will be provided during morning and afternoon sessions, and participants will be able to sign up for their desired workshop at check-in the morning of the event. Space is limited for each of the workshops and sign-up for the workshops is first-come, first-served. The workshops offered include:


How to be a Conflict Competent Leader

Instructor: Gloria Rhodes

Join in a conversation about conflict competency for leaders in any profession, workplace or group setting.  What are the essentials needed to understand conflict dynamics, to develop personal awareness and responsiveness, and to engage conflict with effective practical skills?  This overview conversation will focus on conflict competency as professional development for leaders and will include a conflict competency self-assessment and tips and ideas for professional growth.


One-on-One Meetings: A Relational Tool for Mobilizing Public Participation

Instructor: Johonna Turner

The One-On-One Meeting is a staple in community organizing, but can also be used to mobilize public participation in a wide range of justice and peacebuilding efforts. In this workshop, participants will learn how to prepare for and engage in meeting with people one-on-one in order to discover their interests, dreams and desires for change and move them toward involvement in social change efforts.

Peace Education Prelude

Instructor: Ed Brantmeier

In this workshop, participants will explore practical aspects of a theory of sustainable peace (inner, relational, institutional, societal, structural).  Participants will cultivate inner peace by learning and practicing Quiet Centering/mindfulness meditation.  Participants will cultivate relational peace by exploring the ABCs of conflict management and by exploring martial arts blocking techniques. Finally, participants will create brief self-care plans for sustainable peace, rooted in contemplative practices. 

Organizing Your Community for Change

Instructor: Timothy Seidel

Communities can be influential and powerful when effectively organized. But where do we begin? Who needs to be involved? How do we set goals and choose actions? This workshop will explore ways to help communities recognize the power they hold and options for using their power to bring about social change. If you are working on a community issue or thinking about working on an issue, this workshop will help you identify goals and strategies for organizing people for action around those goals.

Building Resilience in Body, Mind and Spirit

Instructor: Katie Mansfield

Resilience is about cultivating power amidst vulnerability and uncertainty. Chronic violence, systemic oppression or plain life stresses can weigh heavily on mind, body and spirit. We can feel stuck and/or overwhelmed. As peacebuilders, educators, social change makers, and caregivers, we have many tools at our disposal to re-light our candles. Through embodied, arts-based exercises – such as cooperative games, mindful movement exploration, drawing and spoken word – this session offers a chance to cultivate creativity for facing challenges inherent in our work.

Mapping the Justice Needs of Your Community

Instructor: Carl Stauffer

Join us in this workshop as we focus on meeting the justice needs of our communities. Together, we will learn how to use visual / tactile mapping to better analyze and understand the human needs of our communities. You will build a map and then through a series of reflective questions, you will layer your map with connectors, linkages and systems constellations that will help you see anew where the most pressing justice gaps and needs are in your community. From there, you will plan the next steps of action to enact change in your location.

Transformative Leadership for Organizational Development 

Instructors: Elizabeth Girvan & David Brubaker

Organizational transformation starts with personal transformation. This workshop will focus on the two starting points for organizational change—know yourself and know your organization. Participants will discuss a range of self-assessment instruments to help leaders grow in self-awareness, and will also review various tools to better understand their organizations. We will examine organizational culture and the critical role of culture in both enabling and deterring organizational change. Participants will leave with ideas for mapping the culture of their organization and tools for building teams for successful change efforts.


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